Rep. Fellela delivers state grant to Johnston High music department


Even though school wasn’t in session, State Rep. Deb Fellela made a special visit to Johnston High School several weeks ago where she continued a long tradition.

Fellela met with JHS Music Director Ronald Lamoureux, School Music Association President Beth Littlefield and JSMA member Melissa Loffler, presenting the group with a State Legislative Grant totaling $1,000.

The check will go to the JSMA which supports the national award-winning JHS Music Department’s band and choral groups.

“Representative Fellela has been helping us for years,” Lamoureux wanted it known about the on-going relationships with the long-serving state rep and music program. “We have been collecting world percussion and are constantly using equipment that she has helped us purchase. We would be missing loads of important instruments without the assistance she had provided.”

Although Lamoureux did not have the total grant money Fellela has brought to Cherry Hill during her tenure, Lamoureux said: “Each and every dollar Deb (Fellela) has obtained for us is huge; like other grants this will go a long way and it’s an exciting way to begin the school year.”

Likewise, the JHS Marching Panther Band, which has been rated one of the top programs in the state among high school music departments, will soon be gearing up and practicing for another ambitious schedule that will commence with marching in the annual and highly popular Columbus Day Parade on Providence’s Federal Hill.

The JHS will also host seasonal concerts throughout the 2022-23 academic calendar year which are, as Lamoureux said with a smile: “Always open to the public.”


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