November 5, 2018
The Wauwatosa West High School Band hopes to bring the sound of music back to schools in Puerto Rico and they need your help!
The band is collecting used instruments to donate to Puerto Rican music students who are in desperate need of uniforms, instruments, supplies, and printed music. The nation is still reeling from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in September of 2017.
“A lot of people have an old instrument laying in their attic or basement that someone used to play so we’re looking to get those,” explained Band Director Guy Kammerer. “You will be helping hundreds of students to learn from and enjoy music over the years through your generosity.”
Instruments for donation can be dropped off Monday-Friday between 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at:
Wauwatosa West High School
11400 W. Center Street
Community members unable to drop off their donation can call (414) 773-3163 (please leave a message) or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for pick up. A local music store has generously volunteered to repair for free any instrument that is donated to the cause.
Wauwatosa students will personally deliver the instruments in March of 2019 when they travel to Dorado, Puerto Rico for a band trip and performances that were scheduled prior to Hurricane Maria.
“The trip focus shifted at that point. Rather than just a trip that showcases our performing and playing ability and an opportunity to absorb and learn about their culture, there’s now another dimension,” said Kammerer. “The gym we were supposed to perform in was blown away. The few instruments that kids had were damaged or lost. The entire foundation of their society has been shaken to its core.”
Learn more at www.tosawestbands.com. Receipts are available for tax deduction purposes.