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3/9/2017 9:18:37 AM

MusicMakers2U Makes a Positive Difference in Students’ Lives

"Never look at the trombones; you’ll only encourage them,” joked Richard Strauss in the early 20th century. Trombones – those bold sliding pieces of brass that create a joyful sound, sending us to grab a handkerchief and dance down a New Orleans street in a second line celebration – that’s what Connor (Last Name?), a student at S.J. Welsh Middle School, knew he wanted. Always musically inclined, Connor connected with the trombone when he was given the opportunity to try several instruments at school. MusicMakers2U (MM2U) heard that he was interested and presented him with a refurbished trombone. He excelled and was chosen to participate in both Honor Band and Honor Jazz Band for the past two years, has received Superior ratings twice in solos and ensembles competition, and is part of the award-winning middle school band at S.J. Welsh which has received all Superiors at District Festival the past two years under the direction of Ms. Eva Brown and Mr. Reggie Rogers. MusicMakers has replaced his refurbished trombone with a brand new Yamaha!

According to Connor, "MusicMakers has meant a lot to me. Getting the trombone led to other opportunities like learning how to play new instruments. I’m thankful for that.” His parents Jennifer and Mark state that "the MusicMakers experience has been rewarding. It has changed Connor’s life forever!”

MusicMakers2U, Inc. is an organization devoted to providing area middle, high school, and McNeese State Music Majors with access to musical instruments. The 501-(c)-3 non-profit group collects used musical instruments, has them refurbished and cleaned, and with the help of school band directors and music teachers, pairs them with deserving students to help them realize their dreams. Since its inception in September 2013, the group has paired nearly 300 instruments with young musicians and schools in Southwest Louisiana.

For more information, please visit the MusicMakers2U Facebook page or www.musicmakers2u.org or call 337-244-9314. Don’t have a musical instrument? Monetary donations to cover the cost of refurbishing and cleaning the instruments are always appreciated. Tax deductible monetary donations may be mailed to

MusicMakers2U, P.O. Box 7964, Lake Charles, LA 70606.

Help us keep the music playing in Southwest Louisiana by "dusting off and donating” your musical instrument.

SIDEBAR:

Instrument Drive Kickoff for MusicMakers2U

CSE Federal Credit Union is asking you to PLAY it forward by donating those musical instruments that are collecting dust in closets! Give them new life in the hands of a deserving student. CSE Credit Union works with MM2U to serve as year-round instrument drop-off locations in Lake Charles, Sulphur and Moss Bluff. CSE is encouraging donations now and kicking off the drive from March 17 – 31. The sooner MM2U can receive the donated instruments, the more time they will have to get them cleaned and repaired prior to the beginning of the next school year. Instruments in any condition are accepted. Donors will be asked to complete a donation form when dropping off the instrument. Additionally, when an instrument is given out by MM2U, the student and parents sign a contract agreeing to care for the instrument and if the instrument is no longer needed, to return it to the group for re-pairing to another student. CSE locations and hours can be found at csefcu.org or by calling 337.477.2000.


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