Itching to get rid of that recorder from middle school? Maybe even “accidentally” give away that drumset you got for your significant other that they haven’t quite mastered yet? Gasparilla Music Foundation (GMF) is giving you that chance by hosting a Musical Instrument Drive at Sparkman Wharf this weekend.
GMF’s Recycled Tunes program aims to donate new or refurbished instruments to Title 1 schools within the Tampa Bay area. And, there’s something in it for you, too. If you give an instrument this Saturday, December 7, from noon-4 p.m., you’ll receive two free general admission tickets to the Gasparilla Music Festival going down on March 7-8.
Although the 2020 lineup for The Gasparilla festival has yet to be announced, last year's performers included The Avett Brothers, Gary Clark Jr., Modest Mouse, The Roots, Erykah Badu along with many others.
In 2019, the Recycled Tunes program was able to donate over 350 instruments to classrooms which has supported over 1,000 kids.
“While there is a need for a broad range of instruments,” said GMF in a press release. “Recycled Tunes’ current priority needs for classrooms are for brass, woodwind and string instruments.”
Along with the donation of instruments, guests can also expect live performances from 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. by Bears and Lions, Judy Anne Jackson, Visit Neptune, Plant High School drumline and Have Gun, Will Travel.
Don’t have any new or refurbished instruments? Tickets for the Gasparilla Music Festival are now on sale and start at $40.