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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

On Sept. 21, Ryan and Elizabeth McKenzie donated $18,000 to the Rifle High School band program. The money will be used to purchase a new drum-line, a group of drums that create the pulse in a marching band, and a baritone saxophone that RHS desperately needs.

The current drum-line is literally held together with duct tape and every rehearsal ends with nuts and bolts covering the band room floor. Our current baritone saxophone needs to be repaired on a bi-weekly basis, having problems from braces snapping off, keys sticking, and holes in the body covered with tape.

This kind donation will not only allow our talented musicians to play on quality instruments, improving their sound immediately, but will enable the Rifle High School bands to start a marching band, furthering school spirit and increasing awareness of RHS throughout the valley.



From everyone at RHS and especially those in the band program, thank you so much, Ryan and Elizabeth, for your generous donation. You’ve made a marching band possible, allowed us to further strive for musical excellence, and in the process have created musical opportunities for students at Rifle High School.

Your kindness will never be forgotten.



Ryan Monarch, Director of Bands

Rifle High School


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