Marianas High School will be committing resources to further expand and support its music program by obtaining more instruments for its students by the start of the next school year, according to principal Jonathan Aguon.
“Expanding the music program at MHS is one of the goals that we have in place, and getting new instruments is a part of that. We’d like to see the music program expand because we’re currently the only Saipan high school within [the Public School System that] has a music program,” said Aguon.
Right now, MHS has three alto saxophones, one tenor saxophone, one clarinet, one flute, one bass clarinet, five trombones, one French horn, two tubas, and two trumpets—all of which the school purchased more than six years ago and have been passed from student to student over the years. While most of the high school’s concert band members have their own instruments, the need for more and new instruments is still felt by those currently using the old instruments and those who are unable to pursue being part of the band.
MHS music teacher Gina Aguilar is thankful for the MHS administration’s continued advocacy for the music program and has high praise for her young musicians. “I’m just so thankful my principal and vice principals [Romolo] Orsini and Melanie [Rdiall] are very supportive of me,” said Aguilar. “The students make it happen, I just plant the seeds. I’m just so amazed how they learn so fast in such a short time. …Their hearts are overflowing with talent.”
Aguon assured that MHS will comply with the PSS standard purchasing procurement processes.