La Crosse’s first ‘Play it Forward’ instrument drive

People donate instruments for children in our area to use

In an effort to get instruments into children’s hands, the La Crosse Symphony held an instrument drive Saturday afternoon at Valley View Mall.

The event called “Play it Forward” allowed people to donate old or unused instruments that may be lying around the house. All instruments donated will be used by local students who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to learn an instrument or play music.

Some string instruments will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater La Crosse and the remaining band instrument will go to the La Crosse School District.

“To be able to open up the Fine Arts for them and to explore different avenues where they may be able to succeed, that will help them with their self-esteem, help them with their studies, and just to open up new doors of opportunities for kids. It’s just a fabulous, fabulous program,” said La Crosse Symphony Board Education Committee Chair Jean Ann Gundersen.

This was the first instrument drive in the La Crosse area.

If you couldn’t make the event on Saturday and you have an instrument just sitting around that you would like to donate you can drop it off at the La Crosse Symphony Office.