A summer-long instrument drive to benefit the students of the Utica City School District concluded Monday with Disruption Network owner Anthony “Zee” Donaldson presenting more than 150 instruments at an assembly at Proctor High School.
With a goal of putting instruments into the hands of students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford them, the drive was able to collect an array of instruments that included trumpets, drums, guitars, keyboards, amplifiers, music stands, and more. The instruments were collected at various locations throughout Central New York over the course of the summer.
Big Apple Music in New Hartford, in addition to being a collection point for the drive, also repaired and refurbished any donated instruments in need. Other local businesses and organizations that helped in the success of the drive include the Compassion Coalition, Bargain Grocer, Holy Pizzole, The Pizza Box, EJA Moving Company, and local radio station 92.7 The Drive.
Donaldson said of the effort:
The first year of our instrument drive was a huge success that exceeded our expectations. We are so humbled to present a vast variety of hundreds of instruments to the district. This is another shining example of the community we live in. So many stepped up to support this effort to give our kids an opportunity to explore the possibilities that music can offer them throughout life. We are looking to branch out to other school districts for next year.Anthony “Zee” Donaldson, Disruption Network owner
The Disruption Network is a podcast platform based in Utica. Donaldson hosts the popular music-based podcast EC Radio in the network’s James Street studios. The platform also covers sports talk and lifestyle topics and can be found on a variety of social media platforms.