Attend a Benefit Concert 10/30/11 in Ithaca, 4:30 PM to help flooded Owego school music departments

We encourage you to attend the upcoming BENEFIT CONCERT for SAVE THE MUSIC featuring The Ithaca Concert Band, October 30, 2011 at 4:30PM at Ithaca College Ford Hall in the Whalen Center. Selections include Ghosts, selections from Wicked, Gustav Holst, Duke Ellington medley and more. Concert is free with grant support from Community Arts Partnership. Donations and instruments accepted. Contact Beth Brunelle at for complete concert information.

For more information about Save the Music, contact Carolyn Mrazek at or call 607-229-0497.

Thanks to the support of many, the music needs for one of the two schools are met. Owego Elementary received instrument donations from the Ithaca Concert Band, McNeil’s Music, Hickey’s, and dozens of private citizens like YOU in Ithaca and surrounding communities, resulting in a total of close to 70 used instruments in good working condition. With band participation at 95%, close to 150 students, Owego elementary band director, Lindsey Williams, is extremely grateful to report that she was able to begin teaching 4th and 5th grade bands last week and that they no longer need instruments with the exception of alto saxophones, but they would be grateful for continued help to purchase those along with lesson books, cleaning kits, and sheet music that was not recoverable from the flood.

Checks can be sent to Owego Elementary PTO at 1 Christa McAuliffe Lane, Owego, NY 13827.

The remaining campaign focus now turns to the still unmet needs of MacArthur Elementary. Though not a complete list they have an urgent and immediate need for the following: 2 alto saxophones, 4 clarinets, 4 flutes, 4 trumpets, 1 French horn, 2 trombones, 1 snare drum w/stand, 1 suspended cymbals

We will continue to accept instruments at the following Ithaca drop off locations:
McNeils, Triphammer Mall
Hickey’s, 104 Adams Street
CSMA, 330 E. State Street
Ten Thousand Villages, 171 The Commons

Binghamton drop off location: Roberson Museum and Science Center, 60 Front Street

Corning drop off location (and free repairs! many thanks to Ben Borkowski):
Marich Music Inc., 62 E. Market St., 607.936.6044,