LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — Every year, thanks to generous instrument donations from people in the community, the Palm Beach Symphony is able to help keep music students and school music programs thriving in Palm Beach County.
And like many students in the Lake Worth Community High School band room, playing on a new instrument is an opportunity sophomore Jeilyn Sevilla wouldn’t have without the symphony’s instrument donation program.
“I asked my parents if they would buy me a professional flute and they were like we don’t have the money right now,” Sevilla said.
Senior Serena Delva also proudly plays on a donated clarinet.
“I’ve always wanted a new clarinet because the old one I had was years old and needed some repairs so I got this one donated and I was just excited to play a new one,” Delva said.
The organization collects both money and used instruments to donate to local music programs as well as individual students in need.
Olga Vazquez is the Director of Education and Orchestra Operations for the Palm Beach Symphony and she says since their first donation seven years ago, the organization has refurbished hundreds of instruments to give to deserving students.
“It started about seven years ago with someone who donated a cello to us and we took it to get refurbished and gave it to an elementary school student and it kind of launched off from there”
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For Lake Worth High’s band director, Dr. Tiffany Cox, the best part is being able to watch her students play on instruments that actually work - year after year.
“When instruments are donated to school band programs they’re not just used by one student one time, they’re used by on student for that year and then cleaned professionally and then given to another student the next year,” Cox said. “These instruments are maintained over time and generations of students get to use them so the impact of these instruments that are donated will be felt for years to come,” Cox continued.
Last year, the organization donated more than 65 instruments and they’re already on track to surpass that number this year.
If you have an instrument you’d like to donate or if you’d like to learn more, visit the Palm Beach Symphony’s website.