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July 11, 2011 | Music store seeks help to replace school instruments destroyed in fire

The local school system in Lincoln, Nebraska suffered a devastating fire at their district offices last May. Included in the tragic event was the destruction of about 35% of the school's bank of stringed instruments. Timing could not have been worse. Following a successful spring concert series, most of the district's orchestral instruments had just been returned from the hands of students to be stored over the summer in buildings that have literally burned to the ground.

Ashes.jpgThe instrumental music instruction program depends on equipping many children unable to afford their own violins, violas, and cellos, and the fact that these instruments will not be available to students in this fall's program has a debilitating impact on the schools curriculum long term. Replacement instruments may not be available for months (if not years) and a whole cycle of students may completely miss out on the opportunity to experience school orchestra.

Dietze Music is helping LPS out with an all-city call to search local closets and basements for unused string instruments, and we'd like to expand this further and ask our readership to assist. The need is huge for all strings, especially the fractional half- and quarter-sized instruments. You or your child may have string instruments that aren't being used (or know of one) still in working shape, and rather than mess with the inconvenience of a reselling situation like Craig's List or eBay, you'd be just as happy to take a personal deduction on your year-end taxes. Perhaps you've been stirred by your own pleasant experiences in school music and would like to give out of a benevolent spirit midst this community's tragedy.

From July 11 through 30th, we invite you to ship your fractional (or full) sized string instrument to the Dietze Music corporate office in Lincoln, in exchange for documentation for the generous gift.

These can be shipped attention Ted Eschliman:
Out of the Ashes Instrument Donation
Dietze Music
1208 O St
Lincoln, NE 68502

Phone 800.793.2524

Some of the preseason orchestra activities are staring in two weeks, so time is of the essence. Feel free to direct any of your questions about this to Dietze Music.

Video Link: LPS Instrument Donations Sought

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Store website: Dietze Music

Posted by Ted at July 11, 2011 5:48 AM

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