Music to Wakefield Foundation’s Ears: Grant brings state-of-the-art piano to Wakefield Foundation, community

By Michael Campbell News Editor

WAKEFIELD – If you’re walking along Wilson Avenue and hear a delightful tune coming from the Wakefield Foundation, it’s thanks to a grant that allowed the foundation to get a new piano to replace their aging unit.

Thanks to the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, The Wakefield Foundation is the new home of a Yamaha Clavinova digital piano through a $6,1000 grant from the E.K. Sloane Fund of the HRCF.

A regional community foundation founded in 1950, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation and its donors have provided more than $230 million in grants and scholarships to improve life in southeastern Virginia, according to the foundation.

According to The Wakefield Foundation’s Joan Drewry, it was former Wakefield resident Felix Lanier who helped link the foundation with HRCF to get efforts underway to replace the old piano.

“The old piano we had has a cracked soundboard and it won’t hold a tune,” remarked Drewry. “Felix was aware of this foundation that gives these grants, so he brought us the information, then we applied over a period of approximately six months.”

Having arrived in January, the piano has already found its home on the first floor of the foundation building, with Joan Drewry already planning musically oriented community events with the new piano.

“It is simply tremendous,” she said excitedly, calling the new piano “a blessing” the foundation and its community oriented mission.

According to Drewry, a recital featuring students from Wakefield Foundation music instructor Nan Seeley’s classes will be held on March 19 at 3 p.m., with more events planned in the future.

“We have a lot of talent here in this area and in Wakefield and it would be great to feature those people,” she said.

During the six month application process, Drewry said Hampton Roads Community Foundation was very accommodating with the foundation as they worked together on the grant, leaving a lasting impression on Drewry and the Wakefield Foundation as a whole.

“I don’t think they know how much this means,” she said. “We are sort of down here by ourselves and I feel like this will mean so much for this community, to be able to feature music.”

Going forward, Seeley and Drewry said they hope to host similar music programs and recitals over the course of the year as the new piano finds its home inside in the close-knit community of Wakefield.

Wakefield Foundation Presents: An Afternoon of Piano Music

Sunday, March 19th  – 3:00pm

The Wakefield Foundation, 100 Wilson Ave., Wakefield. VA., will present the first of our monthly Music event on Sunday afternoon, March 19th at 3:00pm in The Gallery.  There is no admission charged for this event.

We will feature several of our local talented Piano and Vocal Student of Nan Seeley.  The following students that will perform in our first concert are:  Aynslee Phillips, Dillard Mayes, Mason Mayes, Katrin Brinkman, Arica Ervin, Trinity Westbrook, Slade Pittman, with special guest pianist  Joe Wright.

Also featured in our Gallery is the Artwork of Local Artist Binford Harrell, George Williams, and Meta Williams.

Come and support our talented young people on Sunday, March 19th.

Our second mini concert series will be held on Sunday, April 30th at 3:00pm.

This series is sponsored by the Wakefield Foundation.

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