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Music Changing Lives

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It's no instrument left behind. There's a program which donates used musical instruments to kids.

The sixth grade band at Frances Willard School in Rock Island has pep. There are 23 students in the band under the direction of instructor Megan Bartlett.

"My program would be almost nothing if it wasn't for a program like lets band together," Bartlett said. 

It's not possible for some students to afford the cost of an instrument. 

"Grownups have to pay bills, so they can't really afford things," Bartlett said. "I'm grateful I am in the program and got my trumpet from here." 

So, Jada Gay and Aaliyah Austin are playing trumpets which were donated to the River Music Experience. 

RME is a not for profit, performing arts center. Bret Dale helps to coordinate the Let's Band Together program, giving less fortunate kids an opportunity to "strike up the band".

"We got a drum set about two months ago from a mother whose child was off at college for four years," Dale said. "She said she's tired of walking around a drum set. Just come pick it up and make sure you can put it in a kid's hand."

These instruments are in good hands. Kids get to choose what they'd like to play and band together, learning lessons about music. 

Who says music doesn't change lives. 


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