West Monroe High School lends helping hand to fellow band in Denham Springs

Courtesy: KNOE

WEST MONROE, La (KNOE 8 News) - The West Monroe High School band is partnering with AT&T Pioneers to donate $1000 to the band at Denham Springs High School, who suffered devastation to their band hall and instruments during the August floods.

"This is an awesome opportunity for AT&T Pioneers and for West Monroe High School to help out our brothers in South Louisiana," says Tara Beekman with AT&T Pioneers.

Rebel Band members feel the same way.

"All the bands across the state and country are all a big family. We all take care of each other," says West Monroe High School senior, and drum major for the Rebel Band, Maria Zeagler.

The Denham Springs High School's band hall, equipment, and most of their instruments were destroyed by flood waters.

"I am great friends with the new band director at Denham Springs High School, Andrew Hunter. So I was well aware of the challenges they faced from day one. I was talking to him when the waters were coming up," says West Monroe High School's band director, Robert Freeman.

West Monroe senior Samantha Beekman has the honor of presenting the check to the Denham Springs High School band.

"It is such an honor to physically express how much we care about the other band and show them how connected band families really are," says Beekman.

Beekman says though she has friends at Denham Springs High School, no one reached out to WMHS for help. However, Beekman and the rest of the Rebel Band know their band mates from Denham Springs would do it for them.

"It's really neat to see high school band students interact with each other from different areas," says Freeman. "They would absolutely do the same for us."

The check to Denham Springs High School will be presented in Denham Springs on November 17.