Schools get a boost

Thursday, June 23, 2022
Receiving donations to their school’s middle school/junior high music department from Midwest All Music Association board members are, from left, Emma Davis from MMCRU, Dean Rhodes, Dan Ruden and Kathy Brandt, Remsen St. Mary’s.
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REMSEN — The band departments of Remsen St. Mary’s and MMCRU Schools are the recipients of a donation from the Midwest All Music Association (MAMA).

MAMA board members Dan Ruden and Dean Rhodes made the presentation recently.

The checks were presented to Kathy Brandt, Remsen St. Mary’s Music Department head, and Emma Davis from MMCRU.

Each school received $750 to be used in the middle school/junior high music department.

The money came from proceeds of the Midwest All Music Association’s Western Iowa 2021 Hall of Fame Inductee event at the Avalon Ballroom held last fall.

The Midwest All Music Association or MAMA, is an organization that was formed to acknowledge all genres of music throughout the heartland, not just rock ‘n roll and country. Its mission is to recognize, remember, and honor the people and places that have had an impact on the music in Iowa, and to encourage the youth to continue their music careers. MAMA always makes a donation to a school or schools in the community where they hold an event.

Two of the men who started MAMA are former board members of Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association (IRRMA). They are Tom Golden, the CEO, and Hal Huntsinger, who is also an IRRMA inductee.

Golden noted he created MAMA for that purpose. He said, “I had for a while wanted to create an association that honored all genres of music and also give monies back to music booster organizations to assist middle and high school students in their pursuit of music. With MAMA, we have been able to accomplish this.”

Ruden, of Le Mars, is a member of the MAMA board of directors, and a member of The Jammers, a Le Mars/Sioux City band that was inducted into the hall of fame in 2018.

Rhodes has a long history with the Avalon Ballroom in Remsen.

MAMA will again hold their western Iowa Induction ceremony this coming Oct 22 at the Avalon Ballroom in Remsen with Classic Rock 99.5 DJ Big Daddy as emcee. Details and inductees will be announced in the near future, according to Ruden.