Citadel jazz band wins $10,000 in instruments, award

Citadel band wins award and instruments

READING, Pa. - The music at a Reading high school will be that much sweeter after the jazz band won a national contest.

On Tuesday, the National Education Music Company awarded the jazz band at the Citadel Intermediate High School with $10,000 worth of new instruments, and a $1,000 check!

The students entered the company's annual "Music is Life" contest by submitting a video saying why it deserved the award.

The public made the final vote and selected the Citadel, located at 215 N. 12th St. in Reading, as one of the winners.

The school's music teacher said it's a huge boost for the program, which he says has significantly grown in size each of the last three years.

"As our numbers keep on growing, its a way out for the kids rather than to be on the streets. This is a way for them to get involved with the school,"said music director Charlie DiCarne.

Officials said they hope the award will show the importance of continuing to support music in schools.

The money will go to the Red Knights Music Association.

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