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Instrumental Partners


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a grant from the TD Charitable Foundation

WICN 90.5, Jazz Plus for New England in Worcester, and Worcester Public Schools continue their collaboration called Instrumental Partners. The program collects used musical instruments from Central New England residents for the benefit of public school students. “We’re approaching 100 instruments donated so far!” said WICN General Manager Gerry Weston. Instrumental Partners began in 2012.

All instruments are accepted: brass, wind, string, percussion, acoustic, electric, etc.

Worcester Public Schools Performing Arts Liaison Lisa Leach said “We are very excited about this collaboration and putting instruments in the hands of young people who are unable to purchase or rent them, but still have the desire and work ethic to make music an integral part of their developing lives.”

WICN asks people to check their attics, closets and basements for instruments no longer used. “One instrument, placed in the right pair of young hands, could mean everything to that student’s future.” Weston said.

The drop off point for the instruments is the WICN studios in the Printers Building, 50 Portland Street, in downtown Worcester.

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