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"We Are Instrumental" Program Brings Musical Instruments To Children

Artwork for We Are Instrumental
Illustrated by Henry Mack

The Ticonderoga Festival Guild’s "We Are Instrumental" program will host a summer-long musical instrument drive to benefit elementary school students in the North Country. The drive will accept gently used band and string instruments beginning Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend.

When musician Evan Mack’s son came home from band practice and told him most of his classmates were playing on instruments that were bruised, battered, and bonded together with duct tape, the senior teaching professor of music at Skidmore College was stunned. He also learned that many students could not afford to rent musical instruments - and thus, "We Are Instrumental" was born.

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