Radio Station Hosts Instrument Drive

A City-based radio station hopes to open the door to music for students in the five boroughs.

WQXR, a classical music station, will host its first-ever instrument drive, starting on March 28.

The drive will take place at several Sam Ash locations in the City, including the one on 113-25 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills.

They will accept gently-used instruments and refurbish them before distributing them to public schools and music programs.

The radio station hopes to collect at least 1,000 instruments during the week-long drive.

“Learning to play a musical instrument shapes one’s life in a multitude of ways, but too many young people in New York who want to play music cannot do so, simply because they lack access to instruments,” Graham Parker, General Manager of WQXR, said.  “We’re launching this drive to harness the passion of WQXR listeners and people all around the region to collect instruments and pass this experience and knowledge onto the next generation.”

Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, an organization established to support programs in need of instruments, will give the donated instruments to programs that need the equipment the most.

The drive will end on April 7.  Other locations where instruments can be donated include the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts and the Brooklyn Music School.

Log onto wqxr.org/kids for more information on the drive.