Houston, TX (December 2, 2008)--A donation drive will be held at SugarHill Recording Studios to collect instruments and have them refurbished for distribution to Galveston area schools devastated by Hurricane Ike.
The drive will be held Friday, December 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the studios, located at 5626 Brock Street. The drive is the Houston component to a statewide drive spearheaded by the Recording Academy Texas Chapter.
In light of the recent devastation in Galveston, the Recording Academy Texas Chapter is holding statewide donation drives entitled Grammy Giving To The Gulf, sponsored by Gibson Guitars, to replace music equipment and instruments lost due to Hurricane Ike at Galveston's Central Middle School. The Texas Chapter is accepting musical equipment, instruments and cash donations.
The drive was kicked-off at the membership's Latin Grammy celebration in Houston at House of Blues, with all proceeds from the event going to these efforts.
"My most important exposure to music, and the life of a musician, was through junior high orchestra and stage band," said SugarHill president Dan Workman. "I am still in touch with many of my friends and classmates from that time, and we all agree that the lessons that we learned prepared us for a life of success--regardless of whether we became professional musicians or not. Now we have a chance to give the music back to the students with an instrument collection drive. Each horn or drum holds the promise of excellence for many students, both now and in the future. The Recording Academy and SugarHill Studios deeply appreciates your support.
"Additionally," Workman added, "for those not able to attend the official drive day, we will continue to accept donations through December 10th during regular business hours."
"When we heard that Galveston's Central Middle School lost all their music equipment to Hurricane Ike, we knew that it would be our mission to help," said Theresa Jenkins, executive director of the Recording Academy Texas Chapter. "Putting instruments back into the students' hands is a big part of the recovery and healing process for this community."
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