CHICO – New Chico High School Music Boosters are hosting a musical instrument drive to benefit music education.
“Our January 8th instrument drive is an opportunity for music education supporters to pass on the instruments they have on hand, just in time for the end-of-year cleanup,” said Sean Maiorano. , president of the Boosters. “We plan to make this an annual event.”
Once-loved or additional musical instruments may find new purpose as donations to benefit symphony, concert and marching orchestras as well as choir programs at Chico High, according to a news release.
Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on January 8, people can drop off instruments for volunteers in the stadium parking lot at Chico High.
The Boosters are looking for any new or used instrument with the exception of pianos. “A lot of people might have old instruments in their cupboards that might be suitable for transmitting,” Maiorano said.
The Boosters hope the campaign will be successful. After the drive, the instruments will be carefully cleaned. Students have been wearing masks and cleaning instruments after use since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are excited to see what the community has and how to support the music program at Chico High. We want children of all ages to participate in the music. It’s enriching and students who participate in music do better in school and it’s also a good social experience for them,” said Maiorano.
Music Boosters are similar to sports boosters.
“I think it’s important to support the arts and increase the resources the school already has,” Maiorano said.
Donors can contact the organizers to make special arrangements for picking up or delivering instruments. Both new and “lightly used” instruments in need of repair are welcome. Large instruments such as pianos cannot be accepted at this time due to their size and cost, according to a press release.
Chico High teacher Ruben Morales, who leads band, guitar and piano lessons, said the instruments would be loaned to students who cannot afford to buy or rent them.
“We are very grateful to the community for any donations that may come in. There is always a need for quality instruments at all levels of our public school music programs. Any student playing an instrument that is difficult to use will have a less enjoyable time than a student who plays an instrument that works very well and may end up thinking he is the problem when it is the instrument itself. Every student deserves to have a quality music education, and having a quality instrument is a great way to ensure that happens,” Morales said. “In particular, we are always looking for more saxophones and trombones, but all instruments in the band are welcome. At the moment we don’t have an orchestra, but that might change in the near future. All instruments are going to need repairs, so if you cannot donate an instrument but still want to help, please consider donating to Chico High Music Boosters.
All booster donations go directly to enriching music education at school.
Maiorano said the instrumental player is just one of the ways the new nonprofit aims to support Chico High’s choir and instrumental programs. “Music Boosters raise funds to purchase instruments, music and provide resources that support the growth of music programs,” he said. “We also work on grant writing and support teachers in organizing enrichment activities such as field trips, college visits, choir retreats, guest speakers and others. events and opportunities.”
The boosters held a silent dessert auction during the band’s Dec. 8 concert and previously teamed up with Nothing Bundt Cakes for a fundraiser. The volunteers also sold stickers, temporary tattoos and other “musical swags” at soccer games and other school events, according to the press release.
Anyone wishing to support music education at Chico High can also donate directly to the Music Boosters fund through the North Valley Community Foundation at https://www.nvcf.org/funds/Chico-High-Music-Boosters.
“We were very pleased with the response on campus and the community as a whole,” Maiorano said. “Access to a quality and nurturing music education environment is the top priority for boosters.”
According to the website of the North Valley Community Fund, which sponsors the Boosters, the purpose of the fund is to raise money to purchase instruments, music, and provide resources that support the growth of music programs at Chico High School. The sums collected by this fund will be distributed by the foundation on behalf of the fund according to the recommendations of the fund’s advisors. The parent-led non-profit organization Music Boosters was established in the fall of 2021.