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Andrew Jackson Desperately Needs Heroes

11:13 AM, May 14, 2010   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Maybe you haven't played the drums for years - or your tuba or your sax.  But any instrument you have lying around would be welcome at Andrew Jackson High in Jacksonville.

Be a hero to the students who want to play in the band but right now are forced to sit out.

Band director Reginald Mitchell said when he came four years ago only 30 kids were in the band and some couldn't even read music.

Now he has 117 students. And next year 70 more freshmen are joining but many of them don't have instruments.

This year some band members had to be "managers" because they didn't have an instrument to play.

But maybe you can help. Can you donate an old instrument? It's tax deductible.

Jeannie Blaylock is inviting anyone with an instrument to donate and be on the news Monday. You can give the donation personally on the air to Mitchell and some band members.

Just email If you can't come, just drop off your instrument at the school.

Also, May 20 Andrew Jackson is having a benefit concert to raise money for the band program. It's only $4 and it starts at 6:15 at the school. 

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