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Unique annual program makes donated musical instruments available to area students

The Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association, in partnership with the Dayton Public Schools, will for the fifth year ask all Miami Valley residents to clean out their closets and attics and donate their unused musical instruments to help make area students’ dreams come true.

Residents will have the opportunity to bring their musical instruments to DPVA members at the Second Street Public Market at 600 E. Second St, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., on Saturdays June 9, June 16, and June 23.

The It’s Instrumental drive, unique to Dayton, recently became the model for the nation as the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association won the prestigious 2004 American Symphony Orchestra League Gold Ribbon Award for Service, the highest honor the ASOL bestows.

“Our drive to place musical instruments in the hands of students has brought new life to our music education programs and has demonstrated the generosity and caring of our Dayton community,” Yvonne Isaacs, Dayton School Board member, states. “It’s an excellent example of how school districts can partner with community volunteers to provide new opportunities for students.”

Dayton Public Schools will also accept musical instruments at the Dayton Public Schools Administration Building, 115 S. Ludlow St., in care of DPS Associate Director of Fine Arts. Hauer Music Company will repair donated instruments, and Dayton Public Schools will oversee their distribution to students for use in Dayton Public Schools music education programs.