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8-22-18 — Donated Instruments Help Budding Musicians

Aug. 22, 2018 ~ Students as young as fifth-grade may enroll in band or orchestra, but sometimes their families can’t afford to buy or rent a musical instrument. The district’s Musical Instrument Donation Program allows aspiring musicians to pursue their dream of playing in their school orchestra or band.

graphic image of musical instruments Fine Arts Coordinator Martha Gabel said those who donate a musical instrument they no longer use will receive a letter they can use as record of a charitable donation. Clarinets, flutes, trombones, trumpets, violas and violins are the most needed instruments, she said.

“Our community has been so generous with instrument donations in past years and we truly appreciate that support, however the need continues to grow,” Gabel said. “If you have an old musical instrument sitting in the back of the closet or on a shelf in the basement, we might be able to offer that instrument a new home.”

Those who would like to help make music an instrumental part of a child’s life, but who don’t have a used instrument to donate, are encouraged to support Dr. B’s Musical Instrument Fund. Contributions help repair donated instruments and purchase new instruments for students. The fund was named in honor of retired district administrator Alison Banikowski who taught elementary music early in her career. Monetary donations should be sent in care of the Olathe Public Schools Foundation, 300 E. Loula Street, Olathe KS 66061.

For additional information on making a tax deductible instrument donation please contact Gabel at (913) 780-8230 or