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AKRON — The Salvation Army, in collaboration with The Akron Symphony Orchestra and the city of Akron Parks & Recreation, will be collecting used musical instruments for students of its Music Conservatory at the July 23 Symphony performance of Akron Summer Concert Series
The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at Hardesty Park, 1615 West Market St. in Akron.
“We’re encouraging everyone to dig in the back of their closets for that old band instrument that’s collecting dust and bring it to the free Hardesty Park performance,” said Major Kevin E. Jackson, Summit County Area Services Corps Officer and Area Coordinator.
Akron Symphony Music Director and Conductor Christopher Wilkins will arrange for everyone in the audience with an instrument to play a “stinger” note at the end of the evening’s performance. Everyone will be able to play
along with the orchestra for one last note before donating the instrument to The Salvation Army, the “Final Blow.”
“We’ll have our truck open at the end of the evening so folks can donate their instruments to our program, enabling a child to learn and play music who otherwise would not be able to afford it,” said Major Jackson.
More than 100 children are enrolled in the Army’s Billy Booth Arts & Science Factory summer enrichment program through August and all participants attend choir, music theory, ORFF (pitched and non-pitched percussion), keyboard, and brass lessons.
As Susan Flowers, Chair of The Salvation Army of Summit County’s Advisory Board said, “How else can a rusty high school band member get to play with the Akron Symphony?”
The Salvation Army is seeking grantors to help pay for refurbishing the donated instruments. Used instruments can be dropped off during business hours at the Army’s offices at 190 S. Maple Street in Akron.