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Local Effort Friday to Collect Musical Instruments for Needy Schools

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – The Music is Art Foundation is working to get musical instruments back into area schools in need.

A one-day collection blitz will be held throughout the day Friday to donate musical instruments for Buffalo area schools in need. The effort will feature a national rock star. The foundation and musical instrument drive was established by Goo Goo Doll's bass player Robby Takac.

Michelle Novick of the Music is Art Foundation says the Goo Goo Dolls star remains very committed to his hometown. She says Takac is working to make sure the instruments land back in the hands of school kids when a music program is cut.

"Robby has this bundle of energy, and he just wants to give back," Novick said. "To be able to work with him is just so rewarding."

Novick says they will be accepting used instruments at the Eastern Hills Mall and at the Walden Galleria all day Friday. She says they are willing to take just about anything that people are able to donate.

"Whether it's an old clarinet that you have in the basement or an old flute because you've recently upgraded to a new instrument, we're willing to take that," Novick said.

The Music is Art foundation has been collecting for well over a year, and has donated dozens of musical instruments back to area schools in need.