On Friday, November 6, two of the largest and most successful programs in the Rio Grande Valley came together to thank the Harlingen community for supporting students with the passing of the tax ratification.

Harlingen High School South’s Head Band Director Shane Shinsato spoke for both high school bands as he expressed the impact that will be made in students’ lives because of Harlingen’s investment in education.

“On behalf of the Big Red Cardinal Band and the Mighty Hawk Band, I’d like to thank our entire Harlingen community for supporting our students and approving the Tax Ratification,” said Shinsato. “By approving these additional funds for our students, we have been able to improve our student’s Fine Arts experience by replacing many of the instruments being played tonight.”

The bands took the opportunity to showcase newly purchased instruments with a special performance at halftime.

So far this year, a total of $305,000 in musical instruments have been ordered as a result of the tax ratification.

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