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Huntsville Music Office hosts monthlong musical instrument drive

Published on September 9, 2022

Got an old musical instrument that’s collecting dust? To celebrate Huntsville Music Month, the City encourages residents to donate their used instruments to local music education programs.

Through Sept. 30, The Fret Shop and Maitland Conservatory will accept donations of instruments as well as new reeds and mouthpieces. The drive is a collaboration between the Huntsville Music Office, Huntsville City Schools, Microwave Dave Music Education Foundation and Maitland Arts Initiative.

“Music education is one of the most significant parts of any thriving music ecosystem, so anything we can do to enhance the goals and efforts of our schools will always be one of our highest priorities,” said Huntsville Music Officer Matt Mandrella. “The arts programs in our schools are growing, so it’s important we work together to get more instruments into more kids’ hands.”

Donated instruments can include:

  • Cellos
  • Clarinets
  • Cymbals
  • Drums (snare, bass)
  • Flutes
  • Saxophones
  • Trombones
  • Trumpets
  • Tubas
  • Violins and violas

The Fret Shop, located at 309 Jordan Lane NW, will take instruments from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Maitland Conservatory, located at 5045 North Memorial Pkwy., Suite F, will take instruments from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The Huntsville Music Office website also features a comprehensive list of music education programs as well as a directory of music instructors. Visit HuntsvilleMusic.com/Resources/Education to learn more.

To see more Huntsville Music Month events, visit HuntsvilleMusic.com/MusicMonth or follow the Huntsville Music Office on Facebook.

A graphic promoting the monthlong School Instrument Drive. The graphic is aqua blue and purple with clipart of a guitar and trumpet.