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5:54 PM, Mar 4, 2011   |    comments
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"Like you need water - playing an instrument is like that, like part of learning a new challenge," Keith said.

Keith lives in northeast Denver, an area where many families don't have a lot of money to spend on musical instruments. That's why Colorado Public Radio launched its Annual Instrument Drive to support music education for elementary and middle school students.

"Give them the chance to have the joy of learning to play music," Steve Blatt, director of community programs for Colorado Public Radio, said.

Blatt wants people across Colorado to look for their old instruments so students can breathe life into them again.

"These are instruments that are sitting in closets, basements, garages that aren't being played," Blatt said. "They can make a huge difference in the lives of kids."

Jessica Garcia would agree. She is also a fifth grader from Ford Elementary who has fallen in love with music.

"I like it. It's kind of like part of you or something," Jessica said.

Keith wants to be in a marching band in high school.

"I thought it was going to be hard and I wasn't going to get it, but it's actually pretty easy," he said.

Blatt says people should bring instruments even if they are not currently in working condition.

"If it sounded good the last time you played it, even if it was a few years ago, please bring it in and we'll take a look and we'll do what we can do," Blatt said.

He says the Colorado Institute of Musical Instrument Technology has volunteered hundreds of man hours to repair any instruments that come in.

Blatt hopes to deliver several hundred musical instruments to schools all around Colorado.

"They can spend less of their money on instruments, more on instruction and they can bring more kids into the program," Blatt said.

Michael Winslow brought in his old violin to the Colorado Public Radio studios.

"Now, I believe it's my time to give back, give to somebody who will take the same steps as I did and be the next Joshua Bell," he said.

If you want to donate your used instrument, click on www.cpr.org to find out where the drop off site locations from Boulder to Denver to Grand Junction.

Gibson says it's worth it to give other students a chance at music.

"If you have instruments, donate them," Gibson said. "You're going to give a kid an opportunity."

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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