LCSO’s partnership with Roxy Music and Drew’s Gift of Music will put instruments into the hands of 20 young musicians

From left, Chuck Steck, Joan Davis and Bill Heiss

     Twenty instruments, ranging from flutes to a drum kit, were donated in response to an instrument drive launched earlier this spring by the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra, along with Roxy Music and Drew’s Gift of Music.
     LCSO Interim Music Director Chuck Steck recently delivered the instruments to Drew’s Gift of Music, a non-profit organization based in Plymouth, Ind. that collects used instruments and restores them. The instruments are then loaned to qualifying elementary, middle and high school students in the region who cannot afford to lease or purchase an instrument.
     “I was happy to deliver the instruments,” Steck said. “Drew’s Gift of Music is doing tremendous work in helping further the cause of music education and these instruments will help deserving students pursue their musical dreams. I am proud of LCSO’s partnership with Roxy Music and Drew’s Gift of Music.”
      Instrument donations are still being accepted at Roxy Music, 1012 Lincoln Way, La Porte. No guitars or pianos, please.
     “All of us at Roxy Music have really enjoyed being a part of the Drew’s Gift of Music collection and are hopeful that the instruments donated will contribute to giving joy to future musicians. The generosity displayed has been very inspiring,” said Bill Heiss, general manager of Roxy Music.
     Deb Johnson of Drew’s Gift of Music echoed these sentiments as the instruments arrived at her drop-off location, “As I open each case, I see the instrument as having its own past story — some stories being longer than others. Some stories are just a brief reflection of a moment in the life of a student. Each instrument is a gift, even before it touches a student’s hand.
     “Our thanks for these donated instruments is beyond words,” she said.
     This instrument drive is part of the LCSO’s “New Generations” program. In addition to the instrument drive, which LCSO anticipates will return annually, the LCSO has forged a partnership with the La Porte School Corporation to enhance each music student’s experience.  Plans for future activities include the Drayton Children’s Educational Concerts, conductor visits, student apprentice opportunities with the LCSO, mentor opportunities, among others.
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