Instrument Fund Renamed for Longtime Northfield Band Director

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The Northfield Fine Arts Boosters (NFAB) have renamed their organization’s Instruments For All program in memory of longtime Northfield elementary band director Roger Jenni.

The program, which aims to put an instrument into the hands of every Northfield Public Schools student who wants to participate in the band or orchestra program, is now known as the Roger Jenni Instruments For All Memorial Fund.

NFAB made the announcement at Monday evening’s Northfield High School band concert, before the performance of “Hymn and Celebration,” which was composed by St. Olaf Music Professor and NFAB board member Tim Mahr. The Concert Band’s performance of the song was dedicated to Jenni, who launched the band career of most of the students in the auditorium.

Jenni passed away unexpectedly in February, several months after he had retired. He had taught the fifth grade band in Northfield for nearly 40 years and was known for his enthusiasm—for band and for students.

“He was a true champion for music in our schools. We believe Roger Jenni not only supported the Instruments For All mission but also lived it every day that he came to work,” said NFAB president Joy Riggs. “We are committed to continuing Roger’s legacy in making sure every child in the Northfield schools who wants to play an instrument is able to do so. We invite everyone here tonight and in the community to continue to nourish this fund in Roger’s memory.”

The Fine Arts Boosters started the Instruments For All program three years ago with the help of a grant from the Northfield Area Foundation. The fund, which is separate from the general Fine Arts Boosters money, provides for the purchase of used instruments, the repair of donated instruments, and the purchase of music supplies for students who use donated instruments. It also provides scholarships for music lessons.

For more information or to donate to the Roger Jenni Instruments For All Memorial Fund, visit the Northfield Fine Arts Boosters website, located on the high school’s activities page, http://nfld.k12.mn.us/nhs/activities/fine-arts-boosters/. Checks can bemade out to the Northfield Fine Arts Boosters, with IFA in the memo line, and mailed to Northfield Fine Arts Boosters, 1400 Division St. South, Northfield, MN 55057. You can also donate securely online, at GiveMN: https://givemn.org/organization/Northfieldfineartsboosters