Surprise hits right note for Franklin High

One of Franklin High School's first musical performances of the year included a surprise twist.

SEATTLE - Franklin High music teacher Geoff Ogle says his mission is to make sure everyone has access to music.

Ogle said it is about "making sure that everybody who walks through the school house front door has the opportunity to learn and play a musical instrument." 

However, instruments are expensive, and Franklin High has an aging supply with items like a trumpet from the 1930's. At the same time, there is a growing demand to take part in the music program. 

Ogle spoke up about his classrooms' needs, and StubHub along with the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation were listening.

Band members learned what that meant for them at a concert on Monday night.


"We've got this big surprise here," said Ogle. "StubHub has donated $16,000 worth of instruments for Franklin High School."

The room erupted in applause as brand new guitars, violins, saxophones, and trumpets were unveiled.

"A baritone sax like this cost $5,000," Mr Ogle pointed out.

That saxophone is for Riordan Hunter whose old instrument can no longer hit all of the notes.

"We've been neglected a lot, so when someone decides to step up and donate some money so we can do what we like to do, it feels good," said Hunter.

StubHub announced a 2015 commitment to put $1 million worth of instruments in public schools across the country with help from the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation. Franklin High was one of roughly 30 schools identified in the donation effort.




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