This week, Shreveport's Huntington High School will receive more than three dozen band instruments, 100 music books and other band accessories, valued at more than $20,000.

On Thursday, June 14, representatives of the non-profit Tipitina's Foundation will present the gear to band director Roderick Jefferson and members of the award-winning Huntington Raiders Marching Band.

Tipitina's "Instruments A-Comin' Program," now in its 11th year, has supplied more than 4,000 musical instruments to 75 Louisiana schools and after-school programs. The program's purpose is to increase student participation in music programs. Huntington is the first north Louisiana school to be selected for the equipment grant.

A quote from Tipitina's Foundation co-chairman Roland von Kurnatowski: "This grant is a preview of what Tipitina’s Foundation will be doing in Shreveport in the coming months." An Instruments A Comin’ benefit concert and community fair is now being planned; this annual fundraiser will allow us to support an additional number of Shreveport area school music programs each year."

The public presentation ceremony will be held at the school -- located on Rasberry Lane -- at 4 p.m. Thursday.