Keep those instruments coming: Drew’s Gift has a second instrument drive planned

Those planning an end-of-summer cleaning may want to keep in mind that an instrument drive to benefit “Drew’s Gift of Music” begins officially in October; however, residents are welcome to donate unwanted instruments now at Roxy Music Shop, 1012 Lincoln Way.

“The La Porte County Symphony Orchestra is proud to partner with Drew’s Gift of Music with the goal of providing instruments to every La Porte County student who cannot afford to either lease or purchase an instrument,” said LCSO Executive Director Tim King. “Their love of music should not be thwarted by a lack of money.”

Drew’s Gift of Music, a non-profit organization based in Plymouth, Ind. 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.

LCSO’s instrument drive for band and orchestra instruments (no pianos or guitars, please) will culminate in the symphony orchestra’s opening concert Nov. 7, 2020. “Our sincere thanks to Roxy Music Shop who is also partnering with us to serve as a deposit site for these instruments,” said King.

In exchange for donating an orchestra or band instrument at Roxy Music Shop, each person will receive two balcony tickets to the opening concert of the 2020-21 season at the Civic Auditorium. “It is our way of saying ‘Thanks’ for making it possible for our students to make music,” King 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. For more information on the LCSO, visit www.lcso.net

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