Students in rhythm thanks to donation

Donation drums up enthusiasm for elementary school's music program.

Chase River Elementay School music teacher Kathy Wilson and Grade 6 students Travis Burgess

Chase River Elementay School music teacher Kathy Wilson and Grade 6 students Travis Burgess

In the business of entertainment and promotion of local musical talent, Island Radio is committed to seeing more Nanaimo students enjoying and pursuing music.

The company, which owns the Harbour City’s Wave and Wolf radio stations, recently donated $2,000 to the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation in order for Chase River Elementary School to expand its music program.

Music teacher Kathy Wilson purchased 22 djembe drums and four sets of bells with the funds.

“The addition of the djembe drums allows students from every level and ability to participate in my class,” said Wilson. “The drums help students learn the fundamental skills required for any future musician, as rhythm is learned first and pitch come second. My students love the drums and we are grateful to be the recipient of this donation.“

This is the fifth year Island Radio has supported local music programs through the foundation. Rob Bye, company general manager, said music education and exposure to the arts at an early age is important.

“We never know where the next Canadian star will emerge from,” he said. “Many of us know of the enjoyment that learning and playing music brings, so we’re pleased once again to make this donation to the foundation to support school music programs.”

Donations from community groups to the foundation help provide basic needs, but also enable to students to pursue interests like music, sports, dance and art that are integral to their learning development.

The Nanaimo-Ladysmith School Foundation works with the Nanaimo School District to bring programs that better the lives of students, through support and scholarship programs.

Supplies and programs not covered by the school district’s budget can be supplemented through the foundation.

To make a donation, please go to or call 250-753-4074.