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Anaheim schools receive donation, guitars from music group



A group of students at Anaheim City School District practice music during the district's new after-school orchestra program. Until 2013, school officials say the district didn't own a single musical instrument.
A group of students at Anaheim City School District practice music during the district's new after-school orchestra program. Until 2013, school officials say the district didn't own a single musical instrument.
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A California school district that didn't own a single musical instrument until recently is getting a hat tip for reviving music instruction and a donation of guitars from a national group on Tuesday. 

The foundation for the National Association of Music Merchants, hosting its annual trade show in Anaheim this week, is donating $10,000 and 12 guitars to the Anaheim City School District.

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As KPCC previously reported, the district had no instruments until 2013 when it partnered with the local symphony and started an after-school orchestra. The district also recently hired full-time music instructors.

In recognition of the district's efforts to revive music education, the NAMM Foundation donated the money, to be used for the district orchestra, and the classical guitars, which will go to John Marshall Elementary School. Musicians will perform and hold student workshops at the school on Tuesday as part of NAMM's day of service.

NAMM President Joe Lamond said in news release that while the group's members "come from around the globe to attend NAMM, we all have a very special connection to the Anaheim community. It is gratifying to be able to play music with the children and the inspiring music teachers in the Anaheim City School District.”

About 100,000 music industry professionals, musicians, and musical equipment vendors are expected at the annual trade show in Anaheim.

KPCC is also focusing on music this weekend. Arts education reporter Mary Plummer hosts a talk on Music and the Brain at our Crawford Family Forum on Sunday at 1 p.m. Tickets are sold out, but a wait list is available and the event will be streamed online. Details are available on our website.

UPDATE: The donation amount from the NAMM Foundation was changed from $5,000 to $10,000.