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Schenectady County Connection

Pre-owned 'music tools' sought for schools

If you have a pre-owned musical instrument sitting in a closet collecting dust there is something positive you could do with it.

The Musical Tools for Schenectady Schools coalition is seeking pre-owned instruments to donate to Schenectady schools. The program was started two years ago to bulster donations for local music students and last year resulted in 150 donated instruments. Any instrument is welcomed, but Mark Anthony, President of Schenectady Musical Union 85-133, said what's particularly needed are wind and brass instruments including clarinets, flutes, trumpets, trombones and French horns, violins, violas, cellos and upright basses. Also, cases and music stands are welcomed.

“There are so many children in Schenectady with musical dreams,” says Steve Weisse, president of Schenectady Friends of Music, “and the need for instruments continues to grow each year. We know there are good quality instruments tucked away in attics and storerooms that are just collecting dust, and we’re hoping to put them to good use.”

“We’ve got kids on waiting lists who can’t afford to rent or own their own instruments.” Weisse continues. “Give us an instrument today and someone will be playing it tomorrow.”will be playing it tomorrow.”

Donated instruments can be dropped off at the Proctors Box Office or Hermies Music Store located at 727 State Street, in Schenectady. Also, arrangements can be made to have instruments picked up by calling Weisse at 346-4266. A special collection location will be in Robb Alley at Proctors on Dec. 16 in conjunction with Schenectady Art Night, which runs from 5 to 9 p.m.

The program is a collaboration of Schenectady Friends of Music, Schenectady Musical Union 85-133, Empire State Youth Orchestras, Hermies Music Store, Proctors, Schenectady VanCurler Music, and Success Recording Studios and Production.

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