Jazz Fest Musical Instrument Player Returns for 13th Year

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) – The 19th annual CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival kicks off June 17, and a long-running donation campaign is back.

M&T Bank and the Rochester Education Foundation (REF) are teaming up again to collect musical instruments for local students during the festival for the 13th year.

There will be an M&T booth at the festival that will serve as a drop-off site for musical instruments and outreach for REF’s year-round efforts to super students in the Rochester City School District.

Throughout Jazz Fest, the donation kiosk will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to collect instruments. It will be located inside the Merchandise Tent at Plot 5 in Downtown Rochester.

REF accepts instruments for students of all ages and skill levels and accepts everything from recorders and string instruments to brass, woodwind and percussion.

Officials say the greatest need is for trumpets, alto saxophones and orchestral strings like violins, violas and cellos. They say music supplies, like stands, amps, sound equipment, guitar strings, and drumsticks are also welcome and appreciated.

“After two difficult years, the return of the Jazz Festival is a time of celebration and an opportunity to come together again to uplift our community. I believe our city cares so much about the arts because many of us have had the opportunity to explore our own talents in music and other art forms. This is something every student deserves and our community should generously support,” said M&T Bank Rochester Regional President Dan Burns. “I am grateful for REF’s incredible work in leading this campaign and helping local children access educational opportunities. If you have an unused instrument at home, give it new life and help us get it into the hands of a child in need.

“REF is grateful to M&T Bank for their generous support of our Music and Arts for All program. Because of M&T Bank’s annual donation of its booth to the Jazz Festival, as well as the wonderful M&T volunteers who help look after it, REF has collected instruments from hundreds of festival-goers. These instruments meant a lot to the students who were able to experience the joy of learning to play an instrument,” said REF Executive Director Amy Stein.