Lexington Man Brings Music to 'Corridor of Shame' - DatelineCarolina

Lexington Man Brings Music to 'Corridor of Shame'

Community members donated these instruments to J.V. Martin Junior High Community members donated these instruments to J.V. Martin Junior High

By: Meredith Harvie

     Lexington resident and owner of Musician Supply stores, Erik Lifchez, and the Batesburg-Leesville High School band are teaming up to put instruments into the hands of needy children.

     It all started when Lifchez saw an article in the paper about the condition of Dillon County Schools.

    "Their schools were in bad shape. I wanted to do something to help the people in my area," says Lifchez.

     Together, they started a donation drive called Music Replay. They're collecting gently used band instruments for J.V. Martin Junior High School. Lifchez says there's about 25 to 50 kids signed up on a waiting list to be a part of the band, but the school can't provide them with instruments.

     "If I can turn one child's life around by putting them through a music program and giving them some positive hope, then we've done a good thing."

     J.V. Martin is located in Dillon County. Dillon County has been called the "corridor of shame" because of its poor facilities in public schools.

     Donations to Music Replay can be given to any Musician Supply store or Batesburg-Leesville High School.

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