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Liberty Middle band enters 'Glee' contest
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Forsyth County News

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Band students at a school in northwestern Forsyth County are asking people to give them the music.

The Liberty Middle band has entered a contest sponsored by the popular TV show “Glee.”

The Glee Give a Note program will award $1 million in grant money to 73 music programs across the nation.

Each entrant made a video about why its program deserves to win, and the first round of the competition will be decided by online voting.

Winning an award — especially the top $50,000 prize — would “change the face” of Liberty’s band program, director Josh Tyree said.

“We’re in need of a lot of instruments,” he said. “We’ve had to turn kids away from the band program here because of financial difficulties.”

Liberty’s video shows several band students talking about why they love band, what its needs are and chanting “give me the music.”

The students shown in the video won an essay contest about how being in band has improved the quality of their lives, Tyree said.

The video’s creation was spearheaded by parents, who found volunteers to help with the production.

Mom Taunji Hurlbut said the parents wanted to get involved because they saw how excited their children were about the contest offered by “Glee,” which several recognize and enjoy.

Though Hurlbut said the show’s material may be a bit mature for some of the students, she and other parents sometimes shares clips of the musical performances with their children.

The students show that same enthusiasm for their band program, she said, and the funding would mean a lot.

“They don’t have very much music at all,” Hurlbut said. “And it’s really hard for them because they’re excited about learning it, and they don’t have what they need.”

Following online voting, the top 500 entries will move onto the final round, which will be judged by a panel of music education professionals. The winners will be announced in December.