“The community is so good to us,” said Curtis Burttram, the school’s band director. “When we are fundraising, people are so generous to us. This is our way of giving back.”
Instead of charging admission at its concerts, the band accepts donations for a local charity at the door. At its recent spring concert, the group took in almost $1,000. On Wednesday, Burttram and members of the band presented those funds to Tammy Hankins, executive director of Hope for Women, a Jasper-based recovery center.
“We had some students involved with Youth Leadership Walker County who had become familiar with Hope for Women,” Burttram said. “They knew what kind of work Hope was doing in our community, and they wanted to support them.”
Hankins said she appreciates the help.
“We are so thankful to the band,” she said. “These students work hard and do a great job. They are very talented.”
In the past, the band has given to several area charities, including the Daily Mountain Eagle Shoe Fund, Relay for Life and the American Red Cross.
“In the four years that I’ve been band director, we have given around $8,000 to charities,” Burttram said. “That’s something that I’m proud of, and it’s something the kids are proud of. I’m happy that they can learn about giving back through our band program. Hopefully that is something they will continue to do throughout their lives.”