Mitch Logsdon learn a newspaper story concerning the want for musical devices in Denair faculties. He responded by donating eight of them, and different donors joined in.
Logsdon owns United Equipment Co. in Turlock, the constructing that appears like a tractor simply west of Freeway 99 close to Lander Avenue. He realized from the Turlock Journal final month that music trainer Fred Steiner was in search of new or gently used devices for the Denair Unified College District.
Logsdon is a 1974 graduate of Turlock Excessive College and had no prior connection to Denair faculties. Neither is he musically inclined, past two years taking part in clarinet in a junior excessive band.
“For some purpose, the article actually received to me,” Logsdon stated in a information launch from the Denair district.
He talked about the enchantment to Bernard Brauns, proprietor of Ingram & Brauns Musik Shoppe in Modesto. That enterprise supplied a few 50% low cost on the eight devices: a tenor saxophone, two alto saxes, two trumpets, two trombones and a flute.
“I preserve pondering what number of children will get good use out of them over the following 20 years,” Logsdon stated. “Youngsters who can’t afford an instrument can choose them up and be taught.”
20-plus donated gadgets so far
As of early December, donations from Logsdon and others totaled about 20 devices. They included single gadgets akin to an acoustic guitar, a tenor sax, a flute, an alto sax, a clarinet, a trumpet and an electrical guitar with amplifier. One donor gave three clarinets and a trumpet. One other supplied an alto sax and flute.
Steiner up to date the drive in an electronic mail Thursday to The Modesto Bee. The latest items embrace “a completely super-cool classic accordion in immaculate situation and a reasonably good acoustic guitar.”
The district has 23 college students within the center faculty band and 13 in the highschool group. Steiner additionally teaches music to about 300 youngsters in third to fifth grade.
Distance studying amid COVID-19 has sophisticated music schooling in 2020, however the donated devices ought to final for many years.
Folks wishing to present devices can contact Steiner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 209-632-9911, extension 4249.
It was the second time this yr that donors for Denair musicians made the information. In September, the district obtained a 1907 Steinway grand piano from Karen and Jeffrey Lewis of Turlock.
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