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Our 2014 Recipients

This year was our official first year in business and our first year opening the grant process for all string, brass, and woodwind players. Thanks to our sponsor Ted Brown Music Company and our financial gifts from our fabulous donors, we were able to select four recipients for our grant. With all who applied for our grant, there was an estimated need of $6,000.00 to purchase musical instruments, which shows us that in our area there is a significant need for the work we do. We are proud to share below the recipients of The Newcombe Foundation’s instrument grant.

La Vera Shields


La Vera is a very active member of her school as a member of ASB, jazz band, pep band, marching band, and more! Her director considers La Vera as an asset to the program that holds everyone to a high standard. In addition to her outstanding service to others, La Vera has maintained a cumulative 4.0 GPA. Having her own trumpet allows La Vera to perform on an instrument that isn’t severely damaged and assists in being able to take her instrument home to practice. It also assists in allowing her to take music into the college level.

Raegan Jarvis


Raegan couldn’t afford an instrument and due to this, could not perform as much as she wished. Raegan wishes to also take music past high school and having a music instrument allows for that possibility. Aside from music, Raegan, is in student government and a member of the West Seattle Community Orchestra. Her favorite quote “Many of life’s failures are people who didn’t realize how close they were to success when they gave up” is a form of encouragement for Raegan to continue to pursue her goals. Though Raegan could not afford lessons, she struggled through learning her string techniques which have helped her become the violist she is today.

Karlee Wong


Karlee not only enjoys performing, but also loves to see the smiles of those who watch her perform. Having a viola she can call her own helps her continue to improve her skills as a violist. Karlee also is big into giving back to her community through community service projects. She has helped others in reading after she overcame her struggles in reading. Karlee also is a member of the College Success Foundation which has it’s students to prepare for post secondary education.

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Sylvester Middle Schools recipient found her love for the clarinet by watching popular show Spongebob Squarepants and then found a deeper love for the instrument after she heard the sound it produced. She has played for 3 years and encourages and assists her clarinet section and ensemble to learn class material. Not having a clarinet of her own, she was not able to practice during the summer. Her parents were not able to afford an instrument because of the steep costs of musical instruments. She has a positive outlook on her education and has a mantra “You can’t start the next chapter if you keep re-reading the last one.” This helps her ensure that she progresses forward in her musical talents.

Continuing Support

You can continue to be a positive impact in a child’s life through making a financial gift to our foundation below. We thank you for your support and look forward to working together in efforts to ensure all children have the ability to participate in their schools music programs. All funds raised go directly towards the purchase of musical instruments.

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Christopher Newcombe

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