Union Bank donates instruments
SONOMA VALLEY SCHOOL District Music Coordinator and students from Sonoma's Elementary Honor Band accept an instrument donation from the Union Bank Foundation during the seventh annual Sonoma Jazz Plus Festival. Front, fom left, Louise Murphy, Eloy Marsical, Brenda Morales, Brayan Martinez and Courtney Sinclair. Back, from left, Sonoma Valley School District Music Coordinator Barbara McElroy, Union Bank Sonoma Branch Manager Molly Fedorchak and Union Bank EVP and Chairman, and CEO of the Union Bank Foundation Julius Robinson.
Union Bank, N.A. has made a $7,000 donation from the Union Bank Foundation to Sonoma Jazz Plus In-School Music Programming in the form of various new instruments from local retailer, Sonoma Valley Music.
At a special presentation at the May 21 concert at Sonoma Jazz Plus, Julius Robinson, Union Bank executive vice president and chairman and CEO of the Union Bank Foundation, presented instruments to five students from the Elementary Honor Band, who were recognized for their involvement in music programming in Sonoma area schools. Music coordinator for the Sonoma Valley Unified School District, Barbara McElroy, was also in attendance.
"We are pleased to provide these instruments, which will benefit students of every age studying music in Sonoma schools," said Robinson. "The need to support music programming has never been greater. As a founding sponsor, Union Bank has provided financial support to the Sonoma Jazz Plus Festival since it began seven years ago and with the bank's support, students like those in local Sonoma elementary school bands can take part in music education."
In addition to the foundation donation, Union Bank's Sonoma branch also collected donations in support of the Sonoma Jazz Plus In-School Music Programming with every dollar raised going directly to support music education in Sonoma.
"Supporting music education and programming has been our sole focus, since we created Sonoma Jazz Plus," said Jim Horowitz, Sonoma Jazz Plus CEO and president. "We would like to thank our presenting sponsor, Union Bank, for its long-standing support of Sonoma Jazz Plus, and for its generous donation intended to help bring music to even more students in Sonoma."