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August instrument drive to benefit students

tuba ultrasonic cleaningThe SAISD Foundation is teaming up with Alamo Music Center for their second annual instrument drive to benefit SAISD students. The public is being asked to donate previously used instruments that will be cleaned and, if necessary, refurbished before being distributed to music students across the District.


“Alamo Music Center is located in SAISD proper, and I feel like this instrument drive provides a great service for the community and for the kids,” said Adriana Flores, vice president at Alamo Music Center. “We believe that music is for everyone, and if you don’t have the means to get an instrument, you should still have the means to learn that instrument as part of your curriculum.”


All musical instruments are being accepted during the drive. Instruments that students typically have to share like tubas, timpani, oboes, and euphoniums are in high demand because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety procedures that come along with keeping students healthy limit the sharing of instruments, putting those instruments in higher demand.


“There are a lot of challenges we are facing right now, and music is a safe way that kids can be creative in their home,” said Flores. “Creating music feels good; it is a beautiful experience.”


All of the instruments that are donated will be sent to SAISD’s very own instrument repair shop for a thorough cleaning and tune-up. Click here to see a photo essay featuring the instrument repair shop.


“We love partnering with businesses like Alamo Music Center who care about SAISD students,” said Angelica Garza, SAISD Foundation’s events and development manager. “Together, we hope to bring the joy of music to as many SAISD students as possible!”


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Contactless donations are being accepted 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday during the month of August at Alamo Music Center, located at 425 North Main Avenue. Those donating are asked to park and pop the trunk of their car while Alamo Music Center employees take the instruments. Employees will leave an in-kind donation form, with instructions, that those donating can submit to the SAISD Foundation for tax purposes.


“Putting music in someone’s life is a way to bring solace to solitude, help with loneliness, and bring beauty into your life that can’t be found in any other way,” said Flores. “Music shouldn’t stop just because of a pandemic.”


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