Prescott Pops Symphony Gives $10,000 in Grants

To Support Instrumental Music in Local Schools

Generous contributions from individual donors, businesses and corporations, combined with concert income, have made it possible for the Prescott Pops Symphony to give grants to five schools to support instrumental music programs.

Collectively, the grants amount to $10,000, with each recipient receiving $2,000.

The five schools receiving grants are:

Mile High Mid-School and Granite Mountain School, Bill Cummings, music instructor; and Basis School, Curt Peacock, music instructor. All three schools are in Prescott.

Franklin Phonetic School, Dakota Rutt, music instructor; and Bradshaw Mountain High School, Trudy Gruver, music instructor. Both these schools are in Prescott Valley.

Grant funds are to be used during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Pops board chairwoman Anne Babinsky said, “We’re grateful to all who contribute to help support school music programs for such support is critical in these tight school budget times.”

Babinsky thanked school grant committee members for their solicitation and evaluation of grant applications from various Quad-City schools. Committee members are Jerry Jackson, Helen Kipp, LeAnne Lawhead, Linda Lee, Tara Sholle, Joan Stinstrom, Harold Viehweg, and Ray and Patty Newton, committee co-chairs.

New Pops Concert Season Begins July 7

Babinsky also announced the new concert season will begin at 3 p.m., Sunday, July 7.

  • The five-concert season dates and themes are:
  • July 7, “The Music of America.”
  • July 28, “Magical Tour of the Movies.”
  • Sept. 15, “Pops People and Places.”
  • Dec. 8, “Holiday Dreams and Traditions.”
  • Feb. 16, “Love and Laughter.”

All concerts are scheduled for 3 p.m. and will be in the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott. Information about tickets and other concert information is available at