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Will Rogers Academy to Receive the Grant from Astound Broadband and AXS TV’s Band Together For Music Education Initiative, Which Provides Vital Funds to Exemplary Public Education Music Programs Across the United States

San Antonio, TXDecember 13, 2023AXS TV and Astound Broadband announced today that Will Rodgers Academy of San Antonio, TX, has been selected to receive a $2,000 grant as part of “AXS TV’s Band Together For Music Education”—an initiative connecting AXS TV with affiliates, local communities, and schools to support vital music education programs and the benefits they provide students. Astound Broadband is donating an additional $3,000 for a total of $5,000. The award was presented by Astound Broadband, on December 13 during the school’s holiday concert.

Public school music programs often experience a severe lack of funding and are the first casualties when budget cuts are made—a problem that has only increased in recent years. “AXS TV’s Band Together For Music Education” initiative seeks to rectify this, awarding grants to school-age music education programs across the country. These candidates are established programs that exemplify top leadership, instruction, and participation, yet also demonstrate a strong need for further funding and support. Selected teachers can then use the grant to purchase music, fix instruments or buy new ones, repair or replace performance equipment and uniforms, and address any other needs that the music program may have.

“Giving back is part of our deep-rooted efforts to invest in strengthening our local communities,” said Mike Carrosquilla, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Astound Broadband powered by Grande. “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with AXS TV to make this impactful grant and contribute towards building a brighter future for young people in our communities.”

Will Rogers Academy is a school catering to Pre-K through 8th grade students. Over the years, countless students have found their passion and interest in music in the choir and concert band programs. These programs provide students the opportunity to foster their love of music and provide a pathway to continue their music involvement in both Middle school and High School. Serving over 700 students weekly, the music programs at Will Rogers Academy are an essential part of the school. The funds will contribute to travel expenses for future performance field trips that provide valuable exposure and performance opportunities for the students. Additionally, a portion of the funds will be allocated to purchase essential supplies for the band program, including reeds, valve oil, and clarinet grease.

“Will Rogers Academy’s music program exemplifies everything that the ‘Band Together’ initiative was founded upon,” said Anthony Cicione, President of Anthem Entertainment Media Group. “They are creating new generations of passionate musicians, fostering appreciation and creativity that will stay with these students forever. We are proud to partner with Astound to award them with this special grant, and wish them all the best as they continue to provide their students with a high-quality music education.”


About AXS TV
AXS TV is a leading multi-platform music and entertainment digital platform and television company owned and operated by Anthem Sports & Entertainment, Inc. AXS TV’s broad library offers content headlined by concerts and music-inspired programming, world-class professional wrestling and MMA. AXS TV’s signature programs include The Top Ten Revealed, The Very VERY Best of the 80s, and Parking Lot Payday. The channel also is the home of IMPACT Wrestling, New Japan Pro-Wrestling and Invicta Fighting Championships. AXS TV is available nationally in the United States, and parts of Canada and the Caribbean. Additionally, AXS TV’s digital programming can be enjoyed on several different platforms including the AXS.TV website and the Network’s app AXS TV NOW, and FAST Channel, as well as on the Network’s official YouTube channel, Facebook and Instagram pages, Twitter and TikTok profiles. For a full list of providers and territories, please visit axs.tv/subscribe.

About Astound Broadband
Astound Broadband (astound.com) is the sixth largest cable operator in the U.S., providing award-winning high-speed internet, broadband communications solutions, TV, phone services and fiber optic solutions for residential and business customers across the United States. Astound Broadband is comprised of organizations formerly known as RCN, Grande Communications, Wave Broadband, and enTouch. The company services Chicago, Indiana, Eastern Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York City, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Texas, and regions throughout California, Oregon, and Washington.