The objective of the THS Music Department is to provide access to all THS students, of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, the opportunity to learn, enjoy and play an instrument with expertise.In an extensive study through the University of Toronto, students who received music lessons showed greater improvement in several subareas of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children than did students in either of two control groups. The music groups showed greater improvement than the control groups for all for of the index scores, Verbal Comprehension, Perceptual Organization, Freedom from Distractibility, and Processing Speed. They also outperformed their peers on 10 of 12 subtests, Picture Completion, Coding, Similarities, Picture Arrangement, Block Design, Vocabulary, Object Assembly, Comprehension, Symbol Search, and Digit Span.Students participating in THS music classes not only gain the aforementioned skills, but also attain cooperation skills, leadership skills and the value of community service. Music at THS is one of the only courses a student can take daily, for all 4 high school years. This allows students a venue in which to feel connected to their high school community, to learning, and to achieving excellence by mastering a musical instrument. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in various honor bands at a variety of colleges, and to go on “Band Tour” to play at various Veterans Hospitals and Extended Care Center’s while experiencing the value of community service. The band parent group, TEMPO, helps the students fundraise so they can partake in these opportunities.Leadership is another component of THS Music Department. Band has student leaders similar to student government. For instance the drum major is the student who leads and directs the marching band. Marching Band plays at all the home THS football games on Saturdays. Students hold other positions that include planning fundraisers, special events for band students to help foster an inclusive community, and a teaching program where students teach youth at Truckee Elementary. The benefits of high school music at any school are infinite.NOTE: An estimated 600 students will benefit from this grant due to the fact that these instruments have a shelf life of 10 years. Between 70 - 80 students are enrolled in the music department classes in the 2 combined semesters.