Return of musical instruments with the Rochester Jazz Fest
ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) – At Rochester Jazz Fest this weekend, you’ll have the opportunity to give back while listening to music.
For the 14th year, the festival is holding 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,” she said.
That’s why the foundation is partnering with the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival and M&T Bank to help ease the expense. They will collect your used musical items during the festival, for the Rochester City School District.
The festival runs from June 17 to 25. The Donation Booth is in the Merchandise Tent on Plot 5 from 5-8pm during the festival.
“I think any opportunity to be in person is fantastic,” Stein said of her comeback after a two-year hiatus.
“But especially when it’s an opportunity to help a child,” Stein said. “You can go there, listen to jazz, participate in a fantastic community event and you can help someone.”
They ask for all used and playable instruments.
Daniel Burns, president of M&T Regional Bank of Rochester, says trumpets, trombones and flutes are examples of what’s in demand.
“You can just show up, and we’ll gladly get rid of it,” he said. No appointment is necessary.
Stein says Rochester has always been a musical community.
And every year, people continue to mobilize.
“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 to play, it’s not just in school, it’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.
Important to note – the player does not support piano, organs, drums or accordions.