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October 21, 2011

Barry Manilow to deliver donated instruments

JOPLIN, Mo. — Singer-songwriter Barry Manilow will visit Joplin next week to donate more than $300,000 in musical instruments to replace those lost during the May 22 tornado.

Manilow will make the presentation at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Junge Field on behalf of the Manilow Music Project. The organization’s mission is to highlight the importance of school music programs and to donate instruments and other materials to them.

“We’re just thrilled to death,” said Rick Castor, Joplin High School band director. “And we’re thrilled even more that he’s coming to do it himself.”

Castor said that instruments will help replace instruments still needed by the high school music department -- such as concert baritones, gongs and pianos -- as well as at East Middle School, which was heavily damaged in the storm.

Castor said that the high school and middle school music students will be rehearsing Thursday morning for a joint performance that will close out the football season. The rehearsal will be followed by Manilow’s presentation.

“The bands, choirs and orchestras will all be out there, so we’re praying for nice weather,” he said.

The donation and visit by Manilow was made possible through a joint effort by the Manilow Music Project and Joplin’s Fitterling Dentistry, he said.

Donations of new and used instruments are still being accepted and can be dropped off at the dentist’s office, 4402 E. 32nd St., through Wednesday.

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