In Acadiana, music is part of our blood and most of us have tried playing an instrument or two. Not everyone has followed suit, however, and if you have an old instrument in your home that collects dust, ACA has the perfect way to breathe new life into it.
This is a program that allows students in Acadiana schools to rent and borrow instruments for less than it would cost to buy them directly.
“We have 56 group students this year and about 50 of them rent group instruments because they are expensive, so whatever help we can get with the donated instruments is much easier. for parents financially, âsays Isabella Holmes, group director at Herod Elementary, one of the many schools involved in the program.
Abigail Blanchard, a student of Herod, is one of 50 to play an instrument donated to the school by the ACA. She borrows the flute that she plays in the group through the Play it Again program.
âThe ACA Play it Again program is an instrument recycling program where we take lightly used and beloved musical instruments that you no longer use. We have them cleaned and repaired. Lafayette Music is a great partner that does it for us. And then we put it in the Acadiana public schools that need instruments in their curriculum, “says Bree Sargent, director of education at the Acadiana Center for the Arts.
It’s perfect for students like Abigail, who want to use an instrument all year round, and for her peers who might be feeling more experimental.
“This boy in the band. He tried the flute. He didn’t understand. Then he tried the clarinet. He didn’t understand … But now he plays percussion and he’s doing well. “said Abigail.
Thanks to donations to the program, these students were able to change their mind a dozen times without the financial burden of purchasing a dozen instruments.
“They can see if they really like the band so they don’t spend $ 500 on the instrument. They can rent one or with the donated instruments, they don’t have to pay the fee. Then they can see s ‘they like the band that way, “says Holmes.
If you have an instrument that could benefit someone like Abigail or her classmates, the ACA asks you to bring it to 101 West Vermilion Street or the Lafayette Music Company located at 3700 Johnston Street.
All donations are tax deductible and donors will receive written documentation of their donation.