Has it been a while since you played that old clarinet or French horn? Is your old instrument taking up valuable space or gathering dust in the closet? Friends of Colchester Music hopes you will consider giving your old instrument new life and enriching the life of a young Colchester music student by donating your old instrument to the Colchester School District (CSD) band programs.

“Extra instruments are tough to come by and they are expensive…we have a small pool of extra instruments that we are able to share among the three school district band programs,” said CMS Band Director Emily Desautels. “Having a few more instruments would be very helpful not only for instructing students, but also in case an instrument is left at home on practice day, gets damaged or, most importantly, if a student wants to play an instrument but lacks the means to rent one.”

More than 500 Colchester students from 5th grade to 12th grade are engaged in CSD band and chorus programs.

To donate an instrument to the CSD band programs, please contact Friends of Colchester Music at friendsofcolchestermusic@gmail.com. All donations are tax deductible.

Friends of Colchester Music was formed in 2005 by a CSD music teacher and parent volunteer who recognized the need for a music booster organization in the school district. Their mission is to support the student musicians of Colchester, provide musical opportunities for all students and bring together those who believe that strong music education programs are a critical part of a well-rounded educational curriculum. For more information, visit their website.