SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Robertson County middle school band faces sevearl challenges, including a lack of instruments, a small budget, and a growing number of musicians.
Students in the Springfield Middle School band were once considered underdogs, but this year their determination and practice paid off.
“It’s really fun,” said Zach Grubbs, a seventh grader who plays the baritone saxophone.
Zach told News 2 he always had trouble focusing but joining the school band has helped him.
“I was diagnosed with Asperger’s at the age of 3,” he continued. “It helps me concentrate because you have to look at the notes and play the instrument at the same time.”
With the help of their band director, Jon Wiggins, Zach and his classmates have fine-tuned that focus, but that’s not to say there haven’t been challenges.
“We probably have primarily low-income, inner city scholars here and a lot of them struggle to provide for their own instruments,” said Wiggins.
With the help of equipment donations, the band has been able to succeed.
They just returned from Atlanta after competing against 25 high and middle school bands from different states Saturday. The completion was called “The Southern Star Music Festival.”
Wiggins said they were the only middle school representing Tennessee and they placed first against the other middle schools.
“We don’t have a lot to work with but these kids have really bought into really putting their all into this,” said Wiggins. “It really just shows me no matter how much we’re tested, how much we have to work with, you can still do something great with it, you can do great things with no matter what you have.”
“It just blew my mind,” said Zach.
The band still has two big performances coming up this year. If you would like to help them, you can contact Springfield Middle School at 615-481-0393.