Clovis Schools hosts drive for musical instruments

By: Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer

Calling all trumpets, trombones, French horns, clarinets and saxophones.

To supply horn instruments to all of its students, Clovis Municipal Schools is hosting an instrument drive in October.

According to school officials, about 20 sixth-grade students are unable to afford the instruments.

Supporting a band student can be expensive — instruments range in price from $200 to $2,000. To rent an instrument is also a financial drain at $30 to $50 per month, according to a local music store employee.

“We don’t want any children to have to miss out on being in the band because they can’t afford an instrument,” said Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm.

Schools generally lend students large, brass instruments, and smaller instruments are purchased or rented by the parents of band students, according to Clovis Schools Music Director Wayne Anderson.

In previous years, parents have been able to meet the needs of most band students, Anderson said.

“I think times in Clovis are just tighter for more families,” Anderson said.

Even instruments not in the best of shape will be accepted in the drive. Schools will pay for repair costs, Anderson said.

The drive will be held Monday to Oct. 6. Horn and string instruments can be dropped off from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1009 Main St., Clovis Municipal Schools main office.

Monetary donations will also be accepted and will be used for instrument repair and supply purchases, Anderson said.

Reporter’s notebook was compiled by CNJ staff writer Marlena Hartz. Suggested items may be mailed to Managing Editor Rick White at P.O. Box 1689, Clovis, NM 88102. The e-mail address is:
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