ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) — At the Rochester Jazz Festival this weekend, you’ll have a chance to give back while enjoying some tunes.
For the 14th year, the festival is hosting a musical instrument drive for students in the Rochester City School District.
Instruments in the classroom have always been in demand, says Amy Stein, executive director of the Rochester Education Foundation.
“We need things like cork grease, reeds and strings and also supplies to help clean the instruments,” he said.
That’s why the foundation is partnering with the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival and M&T Bank to help ease expenses. They will be collecting their used music items during the festival, for the Rochester City School District.
The festival takes place from June 17 to 25. The donation booth can be found in the merchandise tent in Parcela 5, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, during the course of the festival.
“I think every opportunity to be in person is fantastic,” Stein said of returning after a two-year hiatus.
“But especially when it comes to an opportunity to help a child,” Stein said. “You can go, listen to jazz, participate in a fantastic community event and help someone.”
They are asking for any used instrument that can be played.
Daniel Burns, president of the M&T Regional Bank of Rochester says that trumpets, trombones and flutes are some examples of what is in demand.
“You can just show up and we’ll be happy to take it off your hands,” he said. No appointments necessary.
Stein says that Rochester has always been a musical community.
And every year, people keep taking a step forward.
“We love talking to people, hearing the stories about these instruments that have been collected,” he said.
“So for them to have the opportunity to learn how to play, that’s not just in school, that’s outside; something they can keep forever,” Stein said.
The two say they have collected more than 3,500 instruments over the years. To get a full idea of what they are looking for, head over to this link.
It is important to note that the unit does not accept pianos, organs, drum kits, or accordions.