CPR seeks donations of musical instruments for school

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By Ramsey Scott

Colorado Public Radio is looking for a few good tubas. Throughout March, CPR will be collecting used musical instruments to donate to school music programs throughout the state.

The purveyor of classical music is looking for any band or orchestral instrument, from violins and guitars to tubas and trombones, to refurbish and donate to elementary and high schools.

“We started the program about four years ago from us just seeing a need in the community,” said Lauren Cameron, a spokeswoman for CPR. “Schools couldn’t afford to buy or even rent instruments. We’re trying to make up that gap.”

Instruments collected will be refurbished by the Colorado Institute of Musical Instrument Technology over the summer before being donated to schools in the fall. The institute repairs the instruments at a heavily discounted rate, Cameron said. 

Cameron said the drive last year netted about 800 instruments.

“We work with Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation to make sure (students) get what they need and pair up the instruments with students accordingly,” Cameron said. 

Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation is a California-based nonprofit that helps direct instruments to underfunded school music programs. 

People with instruments to donate in the Littleton area can drop them off at Music and Arts at 7421 W. Bowles Ave. For more information, call 303-871-9191, ext. 247.