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CR Music Instrument Donations

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28)--Bryce Pearson couldn't wait to hear these words.

"Go ahead and open it," Band teacher Beth Davies said. "And there's your instrument."

Pearson has been wanting to learn to play the saxophone so he could follow in his brother's footsteps.

"My big brother from Big Brothers, Big Sisters, plays it so I can get practice with him," Pearson said.

He is among many other young musicians who will be choosing band as a class during the school year.

But with more than 1,500 students who sign up for band or orchestra, the Cedar Rapids School District doesn't always have the chance to pair up an instrument with every student.

The district is looking for used instruments so they won't have to turn anyone away from the music program.

Music teachers also want to give students the chance to choose an instrument they want to play.
"We want to make sure if they want to play the trumpet that I don't have to hand them a clarinet instead cause that's all we have," Davies said.

Davies, who is also the district's Music Curriculum Facilitator, said most of the students are picking up their first instrument for the first time.

"We have some kids that have not done music because they can't afford to get an instrument," she said.

The district is looking for all kinds of instruments from violins, cellos to saxophones, so they can replace older instruments and also stock up.

Davies said the district is committed to do everything they can to provide every student with an instrument.

If you would like to donate an instrument, you can drop it off at the Educational Leadership and Support Center at 2500 Edgewood Road NW.
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