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Lake Minneola High School's award-winning band program receives a $66,963 grant

Niagara Cares, the charitable division of Niagara Bottling, awarded a grant of nearly $67,000 to LakeBand with check Minneola High School that will fund the purchase of new instruments and sound equipment for their award winning band program.


Niagara Bottling employees presented the check to Lake Minneola High School’s band director, Andy Deen, on Wednesday, and students form the band program performed a small concert as a demonstration of gratitude.


The school has an award-winning band program of 110 students who travel

throughout the state of Florida and compete in the Florida Marching Band

Championships (FMBC). For the past two years, the ensemble has finished in the top five for marching units that have been invited to perform at the Peach Bowl in Atlanta.


Nearly 30% of students from Lake Minneola High come from low-income households.


“Having a community partner like Niagara helps us give our students an enhanced educational experience, far beyond what we could do on our own,” said Linda Shepherd-Miller, principal at Lake Minneola High School. “We greatly appreciate Niagara Bottling for their generous support of our Hawks. Thank you!”


To become a partner with us as a volunteer, mentor or donor, contact any of our schools directly or contact Community Resource Liaison Imani Williams at, 352-253-6517.