Ateneo Band seeks donations for burnt musical instruments PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 July 2016 13:22

Once dubbed by the Philippine Star as “one of the most enduring” concert bands in the country, the Ateneo de Zamboanga University Marching and Concert Band stood proud for 84 years as an institution symbolizing Ateneo’s spirit of excellence and service. Under the guidance of Maestro Apolonio G. Enriquez, what started out as a simple marching and pep band was transformed into a multi-awarded and renowned concert band becoming a staple in Zamboanga City’s official events and winning competitions traditionally dominated by military and air force bands. In one of the highlights of the band’s accomplishment and impact on the larger Ateneo community, it embarked on a widely acclaimed concert tour through Ateneo de Manila University, Ateneo de Davao University and Ateneo de Cagayan (Xavier University) that raised funds and benefitted student scholars and dormitory constructions across the different Ateneo campuses.

On July 7, 2016, a fire razed the ADZU Brebeuf Gym, where the ADZU Band’s office is located. The oldest structure standing in ADZU’s campus was completely destroyed along with 84 years of blood, toil and hard work of the men and women who have built the ADZU Band and turned it into a proud Ateneo legacy. The band’s brass instruments melted in the fire, its equipment and facilities lay in ruins and its once nationally acclaimed repertoire left in ashes. However, it’s proud tradition and the indomitable Atenean spirit that built it lives on.

Through raging winds of storms, eagles inevitably soar higher. Though the setbacks the fire caused have completely destroyed the band’s instruments and its priceless collection of musical pieces, out of its ashes its legacy will continue and a better band will rise. We call on you, the whole Ateneo community, men and women for others, music aficionados and Zamboanguenos across the world to help us in re-establishing not only a proud Ateneo institution but a one-of-a-kind Zamboangueno tradition.

HOW TO HELP

DONATE FUNDS - ALL of the band’s instruments, equipment and musical pieces estimated to be at 2.5 Million Pesos were completely destroyed in the fire. Donations of any amount will be accepted and will go towards these purchases.

DONATE NEW AND/OR OLD MUSIC INSTRUMENTS AND EQUIPMENT - Any and all kinds of new and/or old music instruments (such as guitars, trumpets, saxophones, clarinets… etc.) and equipment that can be used by the band (such as music stands, plastic chairs, tables) will be accepted.

DONATE MUSIC ARRANGEMENTS - 84 years’ worth of priceless music piece collections were burnt to ashes during the fire. Any band and or orchestra music sheets, music instrument lesson books, or any other kinds of music sheet will go a long way towards building back up the band’s music repertoire.

Contacts

For cash donations: ADZU Alumni Relations and Development Office (Tel no. (6362) 991-0871/ Email: alumrel@adzu.edu.ph)

For in kind donations: ADZU Office of Property Custodian (Tel no.  991-0871 loc. 1030, 1031, 1032, 1033)

Both offices are locatedon the Ground Floor of the LRC Building at the ADZU Main Campus(La Purisima St., Zamboanga City 7000)

For more details please visit the following links:

http://www.adzu.edu.ph/ (Currently down, server was also affected by the fire)

https://www.facebook.com/ateneodezamboangauniversity (AdZU’s official Facebook page)