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Collecting used musical instruments at Jazz Fest

Updated: Wednesday, June 26 2013, 11:57 AM EDT

Rochester, N.Y. - Make new music, that's what the Rochester Education Foundation hopes the instruments they collect will do.

"By obtaining more musical instruments we are able to provide more musical opportunities for kids," said Pat Braus, Executive Director of R.E.F.

For the last eight years R.E.F. has been collecting instruments to donate to students in the Rochester City School District.

"What music teachers tell us is that if you have a musical talent you need a quality instrument to move to the next level so these instruments do just that," said Braus.

Since 2005 the organization has collected 989 instruments. 

They hope to get to 1000 by the end of Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.

And with donations coming into their booth in the merchandise tent they are on their way.

"It's been sitting in my basement collecting dust as you can see so it will be nice that it will be used by a child that doesn't have the ability to purchase or rent an instrument," said Karen Davis who donated her daughter's clarinet Tuesday.

A gesture that could help a kid find their love for music.

Collecting used musical instruments at Jazz Fest


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