Concertgoers at The Moody Blues performance April 29 helped support a successful instrument drive. Fans donated approximately 15 new or slightly used instruments and music stands to the drive, all benefiting Washington Junior High School in Conroe Independent School District. Plus, as a result of the instrument drive, a local music store has offered to supplement the donations based on the needs of the school. The instrument drive, a cooperative effort between The Moody Blues, Ear Candy Charity and The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, took place April 22-29.

“Every child should have the opportunity to play a musical instrument,” said Cindy DuBois, director of marketing and education for The Pavilion. “The results of this drive mean a few more students in our community will have that opportunity.  We are grateful to The Moody Blues and Ear Candy Charity for their dedication to music and our youth.”

The Moody Blues know that the benefits of music education in the lives of children are undeniable, yet in these troubling economic times, budgets for music education are being slashed.  To address these shortfalls, Ear Candy Charity created Instrument Drives® to collect slightly used instruments for children who otherwise cannot afford them.  Individuals donate instruments at donation sites, and the instruments are placed in the hands of low income students in the community.  The “Journey of the Instrument” is completed when the original donor is notified of the school or program where the instrument they donated has been placed.   

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The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is part of The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that provides diverse, high-quality performing arts events for the entertainment and enrichment of a broad regional audience. Through numerous educational and community outreach programs, The Center is a catalyst for attracting new audiences to the performing arts and building strong ties between the arts and educational institutions.


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