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Barry Manilow Donates Yamaha Piano

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Singer Barry Manilow is sharing some of his success with Conroe ISD by donating a Yamaha piano to launch a local instrument drive for Houston-area schools.

Anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion will receive two free tickets for Manilow’s May 19 concert at the Pavilion. Instruments may be dropped off between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday through May 19.

“I’m thrilled to be able to help bring the gift of music to these kids,” he stated in a press release.

The instrument drive is part of the The Manilow Music Project and the The Manilow Fund for Health and Hope, formed to assist local charities and programs to get musical instruments in the hands of high school and middle school students, as well as to provide music scholarships at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, and the UK.

Conroe ISD was selected to receive the piano because the Pavilion is located in the school district. Conroe ISD Superintendent Don Stockton said he supports Manilow’s efforts.

“We are thrilled that the Manilow Music Project is working with the Cynthia Woods Pavilion and the community to contribute to the enrichment of our students’ lives through music,” Stockton stated. “The donated instruments will greatly benefit students throughout the district.”

No decision has been made as yet on where the new piano and instruments will go, district spokeswoman Lisa Meeks said.

“Our Fine Arts department will access the needs of our intermediate campuses to determine where the instruments, including the piano, will be placed,” she said. “Conroe ISD begins orchestra and band in fifth grade, so the instruments will help give opportunities to more students.”


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One Response to Barry Manilow Donates Yamaha Piano

  1. Ayaka says:

    I wanted to learn both as well but once I strtaed guitar I was convinced that it would have been too much to concentrate on both so I put off the piano. Guitar kept getting more and more advanced I was doing concert material by age 11 and just never looked back. It is a mistake I regret till this day. my life is now soooo busy I just don’t have the time, energy nor the resources for equipment to learn today. However I am so grateful to have mastered at least one instrument. There is no greater rush than cranking out in front of a couple hundred or more people.Having a knowledge of music gives you an entirely different perspective and appreciation for music that somebody without that knowledge will ever experience. It’s hard to describe, you can listen to any type of music and it just goes straight to your heart because it’s amazing that people are capable of creating something so beautiful. I know that sounds a bit like, oh my god! gag me, but that’s the only sincere way I know how to describe it. Good luck and go for it.I don’t understand what some of these people are talking about when they say one is harder than the other. One thing I’ve learned it’s not about just hitting the notes and cords it’s about developing style, for example I can get hundreds of pitches and sounds out of one single note. You never stop learning different techniques or combinations. Otherwise it would get repetative and boring. There is no limitations to an instrument thats why music keeps changing and evolving. See what I mean about a whole nother perspective.

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