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Donate Your Unneeded Musical Instruments

to Assist Beginning Music Students


After the success of their musical instrument collection effort in August 2011, four organizations are collaborating on a second request for donations. The Salvation Army, the Ontario County Youth Bureau, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Music Boosters of Geneva have scheduled this drive for March 25 – April 15.

Donations of musical instruments, or monetary contributions, can be made at three locations:

• Super Casuals, on Seneca Street in Geneva, M-Sat 9:30am – 6:30pm

• Salvation Army – at the store on 5 & 20

• Hobart and William Smith Colleges – Smith Hall, 1st floor

A full range of instruments is needed, including wind, brass, reed and percussion, and even string instruments in order to assist students who may pursue lessons outside of school. The school district will repair the instruments, if needed, and then distribute them to students for use during the school year.

Third grade students are currently learning about and testing a variety of instruments in order to sign up for band, which would begin with lessons during summer 2012. The reason for the timing of this instrument drive is that it would be very helpful for teachers to know before the end of this school year which instruments they can possibly loan to families beginning in August. Over 25% of the students who were in the fourth and fifth grades last year (2010 – 2011) participated in band.

The organizations and the Geneva City School District were extremely pleased with the first instrument drive in August 2011. Twenty-seven instruments were collected, including clarinets, trumpets, trombones, saxophones, flutes, assorted percussion instruments, keyboards, a guitar and an accordion. The estimate value of the donated instruments was over $25,000. Music Boosters assisted the schools in investing $775 for repairs and in getting all instruments into playing conditions. The instruments were immediately put to use by twenty students in the community.