Even though most schools have transitioned to remote learning, Fulton Homes is continuing its annual School Salute program to encourage students in developing their love of music.
Held in partnership with 94.5 KOOL FM, the program this year will encourage students to make a solo music contribution for the chance to win prizes that will help foster their love of music, and make continuing their musical education easier as they navigate the challenges of remote learning, according to a release.
“We wanted to continue the tradition of highlighting the best musical talent our local schools have to offer,” said Fulton Homes CEO Doug Fulton. “Since learning has moved online, we decided to put a new spin on the program by giving individual students the opportunity to show us what they’ve got.”
Entering its 10th consecutive year, the program is taking on a new appearance. In the past, the program encouraged students to show support for military troops and show off their talent by submitting group renditions of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The biggest change to School Salute this year is students will now channel their own creativity and submit solo renditions of the national anthem.
Every day at noon, a featured performer will have their music played on air. The young musician also will win a $250 gift card that can be applied toward lessons, a new instrument or an instrument rental from either Milano Music Center or Guitar Center. Winners will be honored in a virtual ceremony and check presentations.
Entrants must be age 14 or older, attend a public or private school in grades 6-12, and located in Maricopa or Pinal County. Submissions will be uploaded via 94.5 KOOL FM website and reviewed by a panel of judges. Visit 94.5 KOOL FM website at koolradio.com for full guidelines.
The School Salute program will run from August 2020 to May 2021. To listen to performers play the national anthem, tune into 94.5 KOOL FM every day at noon. To catch up on winners from previous weeks, visit koolradio.com.
To learn more about Fulton Homes’ commitment to music education for Valley children, go to fultonhomes.com.