You know what a library is right? and you know what sheet music is right? You know how expensive sheet music can be right? .... Well if you didn't you now do. :)
In 2003 two dynamic women with decades of music experience came together and the Cooper Smith Music Library was born. It's supported by a large group of people including the all important School Board. In the beginning it was just choral music. Since then they've amassed over 9000 of pieces of sheet music, 100s of stringed instruments and more ukelele stuff I thought possible. :)
All of this stored in amazing order (like a library ;) in the basement of SJ Willis School and is on loan to local schools and community groups. Each of the many , many metal filing cabinets is a marvellous treasure trove of musical options - Choir/JR novice to Jazz Combos and Concert Choir/Bands to solos and trios and.... well, I think you get the idea.
The Cooper Smith Music Library Collection Foundation was founded in 2013 by some very dedicated women: Bonnie Smith and Eileen Cooper. www.facebook.com/csmlc2013 Instagram: @csmusiclibrary.
A year ago during a visit with Greg Kitchen (Associate Superintendent SD61), he asked club President Patrick Ewing and me if the Kiwanis Club of Victoria would assist at a fabulous week-long festival (May 6th - 16th) instead of relaunching the Arts Awards. The volunteer opportunity and community exposure seemed a perfect fit... now fast-forward 12 months it's time to rock and roll (figuratively only, sorry).
There are 5 Concerts and 3 Jazz stages - all we have to do is set up a table, put a couple volunteers there and take donations from the crowd the MC sends our way - or from those that drift to close to our spider web ... Some of the festival organizers will be helping with donations too. Remember to wear your Kiwanis gear.
I will have complete details printed out for anyone that signs up.