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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   880 S. Lemon Avenue
September 16, 2014                                                              Walnut, CA 91789


Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources
(909)595-1261 ext. 31204

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Walnut High Receives 10 Electric String Instruments

WALNUT, CA--The Walnut High School Instrumental Music Program received a donation of ten electric string instruments on September 16.

Cecilio Musical Instruments presented the school with four cellos, five violins, and one bass valued at $10,000.

A group of students eagerly watched, as bags of streamlined instruments were carefully unpacked in the orchestra room.

The new strings seem futuristic with hollow-shaped frames equipped with an electric outpost for sound and option to be played silent with headphones.

“We want to thank the wonderful people at Cecilio for making this incredible donation, said Instrumental Music Director Dr. Buddy Clements.

The school already has big plans for the instruments.

An electric string group will be added in front of the marching band’s Pirates of the Caribbean-themed field shows.

The group will make their debut performance at a football game in about a month.

“We’ve never seen anybody do this before, so we think it’s pretty innovative,” Clements said.

The specialized strings will also be used with the jazz band and a new western-swing ensemble.

Clements said the he kids have been really excited about the new strings.

“They’ve been talking about it and dreaming about it. We couldn’t make it happen, but Cecilio made it happen for us,” he added.

Senior violist Julie Banagale was the first to hold one of the new red mahogany finished electric cellos.

“I’d like to play this!” she said.

Two community members, Betty Tang, president of the World Youth Education and Jennifer Pak, WHS parent and president of the Diamond Youth Symphony Orchestra, stepped forward to coordinate the donation for the school music program.

“We were inspired by the leadership of Principal Jeff Jordan and tireless efforts of directors Dr. Buddy Clements and Corey Wicks,” Tang said.

This is the second year Cecilio has donated to Walnut High.  Last year, they boosted the string program by adding 14 cellos, 10 violas, two basses, saxophones, trombones and more.

“We’re glad to help out.  When we learned there was going to be electric strings with the marching band on the field – it’s going to be great! I can’t wait to come by and see it,” said Cecilio spokesman Derek Zimmerman.


Walnut High orchestra members are thrilled with the donation of 10 electric string instruments. Shown: Crystal Chang, Katelyn Mercene, Yolanda Yu, Justine Wang, Megan Wu, Christina Braga, Julie Banagale, Alya Rehman, Laura Zhang, and Kayla Cho. 

Walnut High School received a donation from Cecilio Musical Instruments on September 16. Shown Derek Zimmerman, Jennifer Pak, Betty Tang, Buddy Clements, Corey Wicks, Principal Jeff Jordan and students. 

Senior Julie Banagale is the first to hold an electric cello. 

WHS Instrumental Music Director Dr. Buddy Clements thanks Cecilio Instruments for the electric string instrument donation on September 16. 

Yolanda Yu tries out a new electric violin.