Valentines Day

Music teacher Cameron Jerde plays a song for freshman Jacob Stranger as he shops for a music gram Thursday at Marshfield High School. Jerde's students have been practicing short pieces of music to be played in classrooms throughout Valentines Day.

Ed Glazar, The World

COOS BAY — Marshfield High School is breaking into song on Valentine’s Day next week.

Band teacher Cameron Jerde is offering music grams all day Feb. 14 for students, something that he saw when he was in high school.

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Marshfiled band students, who will perform music grams for students on Valentines Day, practice Thursday at the high school.

“My choir did this,” he said. “It’s easier with singers because of lyrics, but we’re playing the notes.”

Jerde’s student band has been practicing its repertoire of 30-second music grams, including the chorus of “Eight Days a Week” by the Beatles, “Ain’t No Mountain,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Isn’t She Lovely, and “My Girl and My Guy.”

“I take the music and make little quartets of instruments,” Jerde explained. “Then we sell them.”

The gram itself costs $5, which comes with a single rose, a little bag of chocolate or candy. Whoever buys the gram can include a written message. The gram will be played during classes throughout the day.

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Key Club Director Stacy Gultch pushes a cart loaded with Val-O-Grams and Teddy Grams down a hallway before lunch Thursday at Marshfield High School.

“We have some students buying them for crushes, which is cute, but other students are buying the grams just to embarrass a friend or to do something special for a teacher,” Jerde said. “We’ve got one student who is buying one for a friend for every single class period in the day so they keep getting embarrassed, so it’s all in good fun.”

Jerde purchased a total of 106 roses and has so far sold almost 30. The grams will be available for purchase for students up to the day before Valentine’s Day. Any extra roses or candy will be sold later.

“If everything gets sold, that’s a total of $530, which would go to pay for new band music, new uniforms for the marching band, out-of-state travel, new instruments,” Jerde said. “We’ve held a lot of fundraisers this year and I want to thank our community for being so generous and supportive.”

Students walking the halls expressed their excitement for next week's holiday. Junior Amanda Young hopes that anyone celebrating Valentine's Day puts thought into their gifts.

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Students Amanda Young, left, and Laticia Quevas man the table Thursday, selling Val-o-grams for Valentines Day to support the Key Club at Marshfield High School.

'"Don't give your significant other something you think other people would like," she said. "Give them what they would like. It's a great holiday because, though you can always do nice things for who you're with, this is nice because it's a day to celebrate who you're with."

Junior Scotty Neuharth suggests The World readers to do something special for their partners as well, even the classic dinner and a movie.

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A student buys a Valentine Gram during lunch Thursday at Marshfield High School.

"The holidays are fun to spend with your friends and family, not just who you're with," added Hannah Storm, Marshfield sophomore. 

Additional donations are welcome in either cash or in checks made out to the MHS Band. Both can be dropped off at Marshfield High School at 972 Ingersoll Avenue in Coos Bay. 

Reporter Jillian Ward can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 235, or by email at jillian.ward@theworldlink.com. Follow her on Twitter: @JE_Wardwriter.

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