Pine City Band Joins Statewide “Play it Forward” Campaign
Pine City has joined over a hundred school districts throughout the state in Minnesota Public Radio’s “Play it Forward” musical instrument drive, a month-long program designed to get used instruments in the hands of cash-strapped families. According to MPR, Many of Minnesota’s K-12 schools desperately need instruments to provide to their neediest and most at-risk students. You can help by rescuing that instrument from your closet and playing it forward in your community.
“Every year, we get calls from community members who want to sell or donate their old instruments locally,” says Pine City band director Brad Mariska. “Many families find that donating an instrument not only makes them feel good about helping out a needy student, but the tax benefit is a great asset to the donor, as well.”
Anybody interested in donating an instrument can call the school to get an appraisal or simply drop off an instrument at school. Mariska points out that many people in the community have instruments sitting at home, not being used: “I know a lot of families keep instruments after a student graduates, thinking they might play it again. But too often they sit so
long, they become unplayable. We’re encouraging everyone in the community to consider donating to the school before selling the instrument or letting it continue to collect dust.”
To learn more about the program, contact Mariska by calling 629-4129 or emailing . During the month of April, you can also drop off instruments at either the High School or Elementary on any school day between 7:30am and 3:30pm. Play it Forward: Classical MPR’s Musical Instrument Drive is made possible in part by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Other are schools participating in this month’s instrument drive including Cambridge-Isanti High School and Ogilvie Schools.