Mountain Pointe High School’s band and parent boosters will be hosting a series of fundraisers in and around Ahwatukee Foothills this spring to raise money for a New Jersey school’s music department destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

The Bay Head School in New Jersey lost most of its music department’s equipment and supplies during Hurricane Sandy in late October. The school, which serves students from kindergarten through eighth grade, was flooded by about 7 feet of water.

“Watching the news and the devastation, we immediately thought about getting our kids to help,” said Cindy Corbett, co-chair of Mountain Pointe’s Band Boosters.

Corbett said fellow co-chair Susan Conely came up with the idea to find a school on the East Coast to help.

Since Bay Head is an elementary school, music supplies ran the gamut from rhythm sticks to music stands to bells.

“It’s quite a smorgasbord of things the school’s director needs,” Corbett said.

This spring, Mountain Pointe’s band boosters has set a goal of $5,000 to reach before April through events like concerts, dinners, a silent auction and its first event, a Krispy Kreme doughnut sale on campus this month through the Keep the Beat Going fundraiser.

“I’m sure we can make our goal, and that this fundraising project will be supported,” Corbett added.

The doughnut sale, which is still being organized, is slated to take place on Jan. 16 in front of Mountain Pointe.

After talking with Bay Head’s music director, Corbett said she was “very enthusiastic that someone across the country would want to help.”

Mountain Pointe’s band members also wrote cards to send to the students in New Jersey.

“They are excited, and part of the dialogue we as a booster had with them was asking students if they could imagine their life without music,” Corbett said.

For more information about the upcoming events, visit the Keep the Beat Going fundraiser page at

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