School Plays On In Memory of Jeff Phillips
Jeff Phillip's family at the presentation of instruments to the Weymouth High band program
On November 5, 2009 Vater made a musical instrument donation to Weymouth High School in Massachusetts in memory of Jeff Phillips. Jeff was a long time employee of Vater, who lost his life to a senseless act of violence in July of 2009.
“Bill Morgan, Vater Sales Manager, and I visited Weymouth High back in September to discuss the annual scholarship that Vater is setting up in Jeff’s name and couldn’t help but notice the poor condition of some of the instruments,” said Chad Brandolini, Vater Artist Relations Director. “These kids were using drums with torn heads, broken cymbals, duct taped sticks...you name it. We really felt that it would be a great thing to help out the school and gather up some instruments to help keep the kids excited about playing music, while keeping Jeff’s memory alive.”
“It was really great to see our friends in the industry come together to contribute to such a worthwhile cause,” commented Bill Morgan.
In total, Vater presented the school with over $14,000 worth of instruments and accessories. The companies and people that donated along with Vater Percussion included: Gretsch Drums, Dixon Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Remo Drum Heads, Evans Drum Heads, Guitar Center, Takamine Guitars, Latin Percussion, Toca Percussion, Gibraltar Hardware, Drum Fun, Hudson Music and educational books and dvd’s from Steve Fidyk.
"Even in these tough economic times, there are organizations and individuals that demonstrate a desire to see music programs succeed. Vater is one company that cares about public school music education and their employees.” Said John Duff, Director of Bands for Weymouth High School. “The Weymouth High School Band welcomes the generosity of all of the music companies acting in Jeff Phillips’ name. He was a talented and caring individual who will never be forgotten in Weymouth. I will personally make sure that anyone who comes within 10 feet of the equipment they have provided will know Jeff Phillips' name."