Welcome to FWCS Foundation


“If I hadn’t started playing a music instrument, there would be no Sweetwater.”  

Chuck Surack, Founder and CEO of Sweetwater, graduate of Wayne High School

FWCS is making great progress in improving academic achievement and the Foundation Board works to ensure it is adequately funded to continue its success. Funds raised are used to invest in innovative programs that further increase academic results. The Foundation Board most recently raised funds for the "b Instrumental" program, which provides musical instruments to students in 7th through 12thTrò chơi bài poker grade and also provides small group instruction and summer music camps for students. 

Trò chơi bài pokerThe b Instrumental program was created to expand the number of students who have the opportunity to play a musical instrument. Research shows studying music benefits students’ cognitive and social development. The over 400 students now participating in the program have better attendance, higher test scores and fewer discipline issues than other students.

To learn more about this amazing program, please visit 


The Fort Wayne Community Schools Foundation generates and distributes financial resources to support FWCS in achieving its mission to educate all students to high standards enabling them to become productive, responsible citizens. It is legally separate from FWCS and it recognized by the IRS as exempt under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

It’s an ensemble effort.

The Board members of the Fort Wayne Community Schools Foundation and Fort Wayne Community Schools are investing in the b Instrumental program because it enriches the whole child. Now we need our community to join the ensemble so we can grow the program.

To be successful, we must raise $2 million. This will cover the purchase of musical instruments for each of Fort Wayne Community Schools’ 11 middle schools - and provide instruction - annually for twelve years. It also will provide support to ensure the instruments are refurbished for the next 7th grader who will use the instrument through 12th grade. Fort Wayne Community Schools is providing support of $1.5 million to complete the funding for the program.



FWCS Foundation Board Members:

Tom Trent, President

Michelle Kearns, Secretary

Brian Bauer

Cheri Becker

Kenny Bergle

Clifford Clarke

Rick Kinney

Pete Mallers

Dr. Scott Miller

Steve Piekarski

Kathy Rogers

Dan Ross

Paul Spoelhof

Sarah Strimmenos

Dr. Mark Daniel, Ex-Officio

Executive Director:  Melanie Hall

b Instrumental Program Manager:  Bruce Schneider



Thank you Major Sponsors:

     Chuck and Lisa Surack and Sweetwater Sound, Inc.

     Ambassador Enterprises

     The Auer Foundation

     White Lodging

     Tim and Libby Ash Foundation

     AWS Foundation

     English Bonter Mitchell Foundation

     James Foundation

     Parkview Health

     ProFed Credit Union

     Wilson Foundation

     Yergens Rogers Foundation


Please support the goal of the b Instrumental program and ensure that every middle school student enrolled in band or orchestra has an instrument to play.


The benefits of music education are well documented. With access to music during formative years, students are more likely to excel and thrive. With b Instrumental, we’re working to make these benefits available to all students.

In addition to providing instruments, b Instrumental helps send students to summer music camps and provides small group instructors that boost the impact of music programs.




Thanks to b Instrumental, students are given the opportunity to pick up an instrument for the first time, develop the discipline that comes with regular practice, and experience the joy and self-esteem that comes with accomplishment.

For more information about the b Instrumental program or FWCS Foundation, contact Melanie Hall


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Music—the gift that gives back.

Research shows that investments in music education provide students with measurable benefits:
  • Improved memory and well-being
  • Higher self-esteem
  • Increased math proficiency by grade 12
  • An average increase of 63 points in verbal & 44 points in math on SAT tests
  • Higher graduation rates
Access to music education helps unlock opportunities for all.


Trò chơi bài pokerSupport music education in Fort Wayne and say, “I’m with the Band!”