Instrument Drive Underway for MCPS Students
Educational Foundation aims to connect students in need to forgotten instruments
Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation is holding an instrument drive this summer to connect students in need with unused instruments.
Via Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation
Got an old bass in your basement? Or a saxophone in your storage space? A clarinet behind the couch?
The Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation is trying to pair cast-away musical instruments with promising student musicians.
The foundation is in the midst of its first instrument drive in recent history, called Help Me Make Music.
Instruments are being accepted at four county library locations on weekends, and at some Fitzgerald Auto Mall and Starbucks locations daily until the end of the month.
Yolanda Pruitt, executive director of the foundation, said the primary barrier to some students' continuing music education is access to an instrument, which can cost hundreds of dollars to purchase or repair.
"We're trying to expand access to instrumental music instruction to students who cannot afford their instrument," Pruitt said.
A few instruments have been received so far, including at least one donation to the Bethesda library. Pruitt said interest is increasing as word spreads.
"I'm told there's a tuba coming to our Silver Spring library this weekend," she said.
Residents don't have to look far to learn how a donated instrument can impact a student's life, Pruitt said. The foundation screened Bethesda native Kahane Cooperman's Oscar-nominated short documentary, Joe's Violin, earlier this year to raise awareness about instrument donation programs before the Help Me Make Music drive.
While instruments are the preferred donation for the drive, the foundation is also accepting cash donations to fund repairs and refurbishments of the instruments received. Residents can text the word "Music" to 301-329-2238 to donate to the repair fund.
A list of instruments that are being accepted, as well as instructions for how to donate can be found online.
Instruments can be donated at the following locations:
Montgomery County Public Libraries from 1 to 5 p.m. on July 8, 15, 22 and 29:
- Connie Morella (Bethesda) Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda;
- Germantown Library, 19840 Century Boulevard, Germantown; and
- Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring.
Fitzgerald Auto Malls:
- Fitzgerald Toyota Gaithersburg, 907 N. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg; and
- Fitzgerald Hyundai Rockville, 11411 Rockville Pike, Rockville.
- Pike & Rose, 11860 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda;
- North Bethesda Market, 17 Paseo Drive, North Bethesda;
- Wintergreen Plaza, 865 Rockville Pike, Rockville;
- Burtonsville Town Square, 15658 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville; and
- Plaza Del Mercado, 2205 Bel Pre Road, Silver Spring.