By: Mariam De Guzman
Michael Toland, a junior, has finished 534.25 community service hours. And once he turns in another form that he completed over the last few months, his accumulated hours will add up to a total of 650 hours.
Ever since the seventh grade, Michael has been a part of Ingrid B. Lacy’s drumline. He was so interested and passionate in music that after his middle school years, he decided that he wanted to remain involved in it. So he became Mr. Downs’ (IBL’s band director) helping hand.
Every Tuesday (3:30pm-5pm) and Wednesday (2-5pm) after school, Michael spends his free time at IBL. He has been helping the marching band ever since his freshman year. He helps other students expand their knowledge in music and better their techniques and the way they play each intstrument.
Besides his weekly visit to IBL, Michael sometimes spends extra days practicing with the students. For example, during the winter, the students prepare for winter drumline. Michael volunteers on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and sometimes Fridays so that students are able to accomplish getting a whole piece of music down, practice drills, or march around for competitions all over northern California. Also, since the competition days are on Saturdays, he spends his weekends working with and supporting the marching band.
Michael currently received the Community Service Award in recognition for having the most community service hours in his junior class. He hopes to inspire other students to give back to the community while doing something that they love and are passionate about.