Wayland Friends of Music needing instruments for loaner program

April 17, 2015 

PLAINVIEW – The Wayland Baptist University Friends of Music (FOM) organization has initiated a new program to help kids interested in music pursue their passion. The C.K. Bryan Instrument Loaner Program will provide instruments to youth through a screening process on an annual basis. The Friends of Music will build their instrument inventory through donations.

The FOM will be eligible for a gift-in-kind receipt from the university’s development office. Anyone with an instrument to donate may either drop it off on Saturday, or contact FOM President Joe Provence at 293-3531, or the Wayland School of Music at 291-1076.

Provence and his wife Freda presented the instrument loaner program idea to the FOM after a discussion with a friend concerning the prohibitive costs of purchasing or renting an instrument for many families with children in public school. As it turned out, the Provences were able to find a couple of instruments for use by some friends of theirs, Thalia and Anissa Rodriguez, who wanted to join the sixth-grade band. Through that experience, Joe and Freda understood the importance of making sure students who are interested in music have the opportunity to pursue their interest. 

Several instruments have already been donated to the program, including 10 from Rickey Morton at Hubbard’s Pawn Shop. Other individuals who have donated are Nicole Steffe, Dr. Tim Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Gene McLain and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Switzenberg. Provence is hoping to receive many more instruments once people hear how the program will benefit public school children interested in music.

In order to qualify for the program, students and parents will have to complete an application and sign an agreement for care of the instruments. A $50 annual fee will be charged for each year the instrument is being used by the student. This will cover any repair costs when the instrument is evaluated at the end of each school year. Instruments will be collected at the end of the year, repaired if needed, then returned prior to summer band activities.

The application process will run through each school’s band director who must also recommend the student for the program. The program will be coordinated by a newly established band fraternity at Wayland, the Epsilon Mu chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, sponsored by Dr. Anthony King and the Marching Pioneers.

The loaner program is named in honor of Caity Kay Bryan a family friend of FOM board member Dr. Tim Walsh. C.K., as she was known, was a sophomore in college, studying to become a band director when she was killed in an automobile accident. Dr. Walsh, a professor of geology at Wayland, and his mother donated seed money to start the program in her memory.

As part of the loaner agreement, community band students will meet with Wayland students to learn proper care for their instruments and build relationships through which Wayland students can mentor aspiring musicians.

The FOM is an organization of individuals who support music education. Board members are: Joe Provence, President, Kip Vitato, Vice President, Jeannine Greene, Vice President, Freda Provence, Secretary, Nancy Cox, Leslie Delgado, Judy Fitzgerald, Paul Jarrett, Beverly Sanders. Dr. Tim Walsh, Carolyn Warrick, Dr. Ann Stutes and Linda Grover. For more information on the C. K. Bryan Instrument Loaner program, contact the Wayland School of Music at 806-291-1076.