National Pawn donates needed band instruments

The donation of more than 100 gently used band instruments will bring music to the lives of budding student musicians in Wake County middle schools this month.

National Pawn owner Bob Moulton will donate the instruments and a check for $2,000 during a district-wide meeting of arts educators at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 23 at Enloe Magnet High at 128 Clarendon Crescent in Raleigh. The $2,000 check will offset future repair and maintenance costs for band instruments.

“I am a proud former ‘Band Geek’ who knows first-hand what it is like to want to learn how to play, but not have an instrument. I want to help as many students as I can to realize their dreams of becoming musicians,” Moulton said. “My first instrument was purchased at a yard sale. It was barely adequate to say the least. A year later I was able to purchase a better one at a pawn store in Durham.”

Liz Grimes Droessler is the WCPSS Senior Administrator for Arts Education. “This donation helps to ensure that students who might not be able to provide their own instrument will still have access to music class,” Droessler said. “Our arts program relies on support from our community partners. Bob Moulton’s generosity is an investment in our future. We know that participation in the arts develops our students’ skills in communication, creativity and collaboration.”

This is the second year in a row that Moulton has donated band instruments and money to middle schools in Wake, Durham and Orange counties. This year, he will donate band instruments to the New Hanover County schools, too.

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