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Band Instrument Donations Brings Music to Children's Lives

Donated instruments bring music to student's lives. Donated instruments bring music to student's lives.

By Leslie Draffin

 Lexington resident and Musician Supply store owner Erik Lifchez, has teamed up with Batesburg-Leesville High School to start a music instrument donation drive called "Music Replay."

Lifchez was inspired by a newspaper article that said J.V. Martin Junior High didn't have enough money for a music program.  Chaz Paxton, band director at Batesburg-Leesville High School, says his students were more than ready to give.

"I've had several students who the first week we were doing this who said, I have an old instrument. I want to donate. I want this...this instrument helped me learn to play and in think it would be cool if this instrument helped another kid learn how to play," Paxton said.

"Music Replay" is also getting help from Miss Little Mountain, Lyndsey Hite, who will use the program as her platform in the upcoming Miss South Carolina Pageant.

    "I want to go into music education and obviously these students desire to learn about music and they don't have that opportunity so to provide them with that opportunity is absolutely wonderful," she said.

The drive will continue until the end of February.  If you've got an instrument you'd like to donate, take it to any Musician Supply store or to Batesburg-Leesville High School.

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