2017-10-12 / Inside Education

Long has got the music in him and MCHS does as well

By MATT JOHNSON
Sports/Education Editor


Supervisor Marshall Long is shown with the band members of MCHS. Long donated a trombone and a baritone to the school district. Long is shown, sixth from left in the cowboy hat. Shown holding the trombone next to Long is student Makinna Dulcich. Holding the baritone to the left of Long is Trinity Owens. Shown at the far left is band instructor Rod Fiester. Next to Fiester is band booster Richard Hutchinson. 
Photo by Matt Johnson Supervisor Marshall Long is shown with the band members of MCHS. Long donated a trombone and a baritone to the school district. Long is shown, sixth from left in the cowboy hat. Shown holding the trombone next to Long is student Makinna Dulcich. Holding the baritone to the left of Long is Trinity Owens. Shown at the far left is band instructor Rod Fiester. Next to Fiester is band booster Richard Hutchinson. Photo by Matt Johnson A kind gesture made by a Mariposa County supervisor will help the music program in the Mariposa County Unified School District.

District 3 Supervisor Marshall Long donated two of his own musical instruments to the band program at MCUSD.

Long donated a trombone and a baritone to the school district to be used how Rod Fiester, the band director, sees fit.

“It’s a true godsend,” said Fiester. “Those are incredibly well maintained horns. It’s almost like giving a kid a new horn, compared to what we normally give them.”

Long said the trombone belonged to his brother prior to him obtaining it, and as for the baritone, he said he “can’t even remember how I ended up with it.”

“They were both instruments I played in high school when Rod’s dad was the band teacher,” Long said.

Fiester and Long played in the Mariposa County High School band when Rod was a freshman and Marshall was a senior — and Rod’s father, Richard Fiester, was the band director.

“I don’t have a use for them anymore,” Long said with a chuckle. “I’m not out playing band music.”

Both men played trombone when they were in school. Now, the instruments will be used to help two children by not having to pay for their own instruments.

“It’s a very generous gesture from one of my former band mates,” Fiester said. “It’s a real surprise. I had no idea Mr. Long was going to come by with some instruments, and we are always in need of brass instruments, because it’s a real blessing they showed up when they did. We’ve got kids who are playing clarinets who would rather be playing those (brass) instruments.”

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