MHS Dolphin Band seeks support from community

MARIANAS High School music teacher David Frahm is appealing to the community, especially the business sector, to support the MHS students who will compete in the Tumon Bay Music Festival on Guam from Feb. 28 to March 9.

“Everyone is trying to get back on their feet after the typhoon,” he said in an interview. “We want the education of these students to continue and we want them to have opportunities that Guam students have; the same chances that everyone else has. We are hoping that people can find their way to contribute.”

Frahm said businesses and individuals can donate through the Education Tax Credit or ETC program.

“We humbly ask you to help support MHS through the ETC program. Using the ETC, taxpayers — businesses and individuals — can make donations to the Public School System and receive a tax credit receipt. With your support, we can continue to strive toward excellence,” Frahm stated in the letter to the business sector and other  community members.

“Any contribution to the MHS will eventually come back to the community because these students will benefit and they will be the leaders of tomorrow,” Frahm added.

Marianas High School music teacher David Frahm, right second row, with the MHS Dolphin Band members who will compete at the Tumon Bay Music Festival from Feb. 28 to March 9.  Contributed photoMarianas High School music teacher David Frahm, right second row, with the MHS Dolphin Band members who will compete at the Tumon Bay Music Festival from Feb. 28 to March 9. Contributed photo

Their biggest hurdle is getting the funding for their travel and accommodations on Guam, he said.

The MHS Dolphin Band plans to send 12 to 15 students to the competition. The Polksai Chamorro Club, Rhythm ‘N Harmony Glee Club will also participate at the Tumon Bay Music Festival.

Though they have lost six weeks of school because of Typhoon Yutu, Frahm expressed confidence that the MHS Dolphin Band will be ready to compete. “They can do it. They are ready. We are going to practice extra hard to make up for lost time.”

It was under Frahm when the MHS Dolphin Band won gold at the Tumon Bay Music Festival in 2014. It was their first time to participate in the competition. He established the band in 2012 when he became the music teacher at  MHS.

The band also competed in 2015, without Frahm who was on the U.S. mainland, and won silver.

“We are hoping to go back this year for the first time since 2015,” he added.

Frahm noted  MHS’ many notable accomplishments: its Aeronautical Dolphins have won the national championship twice in the STEM-focused Real World Design Challenge; MHS Polksai Chamorro Club has been dominating the Chamorro language competitions on Guam for almost 10 years now; Rhythm ‘N Harmony Glee Club has won prizes in numerous international musical competitions including the Tumon Bay Music Festival; MHS students have also won the past eight Congressional Art competitions; and numerous MHS students have received Gates Millennium and Questbridge scholarships. 

“These achievements are made possible with community support,” Frahm said.