As its 99thschool year begins, Grossmont High School has 1700 students enrolled in its Visual and Performing Arts programs, the largest number in the Grossmont Union High School District. The large number of students in so many wonderful programs, like the Instrumental Music program, make it difficult to fund them adequately. Unfortunately, however, Visual and Performing Arts programs are underfunded in public education national wide.
Since its beginning, the Instrumental Music Program has been an essential part of Grossmont High School. In 1921, the orchestra consisted of 17 students with the first band in 1930. Today, the historic 99-year old program has become a program dependent on decades old instruments. In a letter emailed to GHS Alumni and Retirees this summer, program director Ray Webb explained the need for financial support to purchase large instruments.