Studies show that children who play a musical instrument are more likely to excel in all of their school work, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school, and pursue further education, but what happens when the gap between a child and an instrument needs to be filled? Instruments do not come cheap and for many in the Anne Arundel County Public Schools access to a musical instrument can be costly and unattainable.
Enter the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and their Play it Forward Initiative. This unique project collects instruments, in any condition, while AACPS experts refurbish and repair them to be delivered directly to the hands of AACPS students who may not be able to afford a musical instrument.
Essex Bank recently paired up with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra in order to tighten the gap between students and instruments. With the help of Essex Bank employees, Birch Goldston, Cindy Gordon, Liz Winston, and Malcolm Williams, nine instruments were donated including, five violins, two flutes, a viola and a cello.
Pictured above, is Lawrence Wood, Director of Marketing for Essex Bank, Marshall Mentz, Orchestra Manager and the instruments donated.
“The employees of Essex Bank responded to this call with a generous assemblage of instruments that will be, as needed, repaired and restored by the Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ music program and put into the hands of eager young musicians in their early careers. The Symphony is deeply grateful for this generous donation, and the determination of these Essex Bank employees to empower a new generation of student musicians who would otherwise not be able to start or continue their musical studies. Hats off to you!” - Patrick Nugent, ASO Executive Director.
Have an old instrument lying around? The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is continuously collecting instruments of any condition. More information and a list of drop-off locations can be found here.
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