The Salvation Army will collect used musical instruments for students of its Music Conservatory during the Sunday, July 23 Akron Symphony performance of the Akron Summer Concert Series 7:30 p.m. at Hardesty Park, 1615 W. Market St., 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,” added Jackson.
Over 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, and the need for instruments is great, said Jackson: “We’re hoping the community will step up and help us build out our orchestra. We need brass instruments of all kinds, strings and woodwinds, too.”
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 may be dropped off during business hours at the Army’s offices at 190 S. Maple Street in Akron.
The Salvation Army has served the needs of Summit County for 133 years providing basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter and education by investing in the human spirit through counseling, learning programs, recovery/support programs, and spiritual support for those willing to accept it. With daily hot meals, a choice pantry, emergency shelter for families, hot showers, rent and utility assistance, accredited preschool, after-school and summer enrichment programs, our goal is to instill tangible hope and break the cycle of inter-generational poverty. Our administrative offices are located at 190 South Maple Street with Corps located in Akron and Barberton at 560 Wooster Road West. For more information, to volunteer or make a donation, call Marian Calvin, 330-434-7110 or visit www.salvationarmyakron.org.