Play it Forward: JWPMS Band Instrument Drive


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Charity drive aims to collect band instruments for General McLane students

General McLane School District is inviting individuals to “play it forward” and donate band instruments for students.

James W. Parker Middle School Band instructor John Roden has started a musical band instrument drive, with the goal of collecting 100 instruments from donors to be used by public school students.

These instruments will be refurbished and distributed to James W. Parker Middle School students in the Band Exploratory Program to support the next generation of General McLane musicians. The Band Exploratory Program provides fifth grade students with an experience of self-discovery by allowing students to try a variety of instruments.

More than 400 students have participated in Exploratory Band since 2011. Currently, the instruments are rented from an outside third party vendor, and students participate by paying a $40 rental fee. However, Roden hopes to lower that fee to reach more students who wish to play an instrument.

Thanks to a $5,000 grant from the General McLane Foundation’s Hill Music Endowment, the instruments collected will be repaired or refurbished and then permanently housed at James W. Parker Middle School to offset or eliminate as much of the student fee as possible.

Volunteers will be on hand to collect instruments on September 30 during General McLane’s homecoming game. Instruments can be dropped off near the admission gate at Linden Field between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Those who cannot make the September 30 collection night can drop off instruments between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. to General McLane High School or James W. Parker Middle School.  The school is looking for “gently used” band instruments – flutes, clarinets, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, drums, etc.

Donors can share the instrument’s backstory by completing a form when making a donation. This ensures that the students understand the literal journey that many of the instruments took before getting into their hands.

For information of questions on how you can donate your once-loved but no-longer-used musical instruments today, please contact John Roden at

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