‘Play it Forward’ drive provides 44 instruments for students

Logan Middle School students already using about 20 instruments

Dozens of middle schoolers in La Crosse are getting the chance to learn a musical instrument thanks to the generosity of our community.

44 instruments were donated at the “Play it Forward” instrument drive two weeks ago. Of those, around 20 instruments are already in the hands of kids at Logan Middle School.

The school’s band director says not only are the instruments improving the band’s sound, but they’re also improving morale.

“I think the biggest impact is that we can get kids who have been struggling on an instrument that doesn’t play well to have an instrument that plays better, if not really well, and they’re happier,” said band director Alana Seddon.

One student who is benefiting from the program agrees.

“My new instrument is easier to play, so I can get the notes out and it’s not as frustrating,” said 6th grader Chariell Butler.

The rest of the instruments that were donated will be given to band students once repairs are made.

There will be another “Play it Forward” instrument donation drive in May.