Furyk Foundation provides musical instruments to private school band


The Guardian Catholic School music program received a big boost recently thanks to The Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation. The nearly $16,000 gift brings a host of percussion instruments as well as new keyboards and xylophones.

“There are so many amazing things Guardian Catholic School is trying to accomplish and, given our foundation focus on specific projects, this is a perfect match,” said Tabitha Furyk. “Learning to read music truly gives these students an opportunity to grow their future and being able to give them these instruments and watch this program grow will be amazing. We’re glad to be part of it.”

The Furyks have been dedicated supporters of Guardian for many years and were moved to action upon learning of the desire to expand the Guardian music program, a goal of the school’s new music teacher, Winston Timmons. Much of The Furyk Foundation’s gift went toward efforts of establishing a drumline.

“Having a drum line at Guardian will further round out our program, and bring so much excitement to our sporting events,” said Timmons, who joined Guardian Catholic last year after graduating from Edward Waters University where he served as drumline leader. “Helping children as young as first grade to read music and understand the fundamentals often fuels a lifelong passion for music. I’m excited to start my own traditions at Guardian including a band program; my vision is to get more and more kids to learn about music.”

“On behalf of the Guardian Catholic School Board of Directors, we wish to thank The Jim and Tabitha Furyk Foundation for their tremendous support for Guardian’s music program,” said Jane Lanier, board chair. “Because of Tabitha and Jim’s generosity, our students have many new musical instruments, and they are learning to read music — even our second graders! Quality educational opportunities like this found at Guardian give every child an opportunity to succeed. The Furyk's tireless work for children, particularly the most vulnerable, is recognized and appreciated by all of us at Guardian.”