ROANOKE, Va. -—It was a big goal, but with the help of 12 bands and the genorosity of the community, there's hope for strengthening the music program at Roanoke City elementary schools.
The Noteworthy Music Festival was rockin' at Patrick Henry High School Saturday from 2:00 to 10:00pm.
It's all to raise cash to help programs at Roanoke City Elementary schools. Patrick Henry senior Locher Grove came up with the idea.
"What really sparked the idea, is that the high schools and middle schools are going to competitions and competing with schools that have had elementary music programs, and we're getting the same scores," said Grove. "So, it makes you wonder, what can Roanoke City do if they had the capabilities to have an elementary music program."
The goal of the show is to raise enough money to buy a complete set of instruments for one elementary school. Well, the group exceeded its goals.
Grove tells WDBJ7 the music festival raised $4,500, and other fundraising efforts took in more than $8,500. He says that's more than they needed for the goal, considering that it costs about $5,000 to supply one class with instruments.
Grove hopes he'll be able to "pass the torch" on to another student so the Noteworthy Music Festival becomes an annual event.