07/07/11

Musical Instruments Donated to Cuban Students

RS Berkeley Company Provides Orchestra with 28 Instruments

RS Berkeley Musical Instruments has pledged that the company will donate all of the brand-new, acoustic instruments needed to completely outfit a student orchestra at the Amadeo Roldán Academy of Music in Havana, Cuba’s premier academy of music. Les Silver, President and CEO of RS Berkeley, made the announcement regarding the donation yesterday.

The New Jersey company will contribute 28 brass, woodwind, stringed and percussion instruments—saxes, trumpets, trombones, violins, basses and a tuba—to the New York organization, Horns to Havana, which intends to transport them to Cuba early this September. In addition, Silver has agreed to allow Horns to Havana purchase a second orchestra for Conservatorio Guillermo Tomás at Guanabacoa at cost, as well as provide parts and supplies such as pads, reeds, mutes, valve-oil, and instrument stands.

Horns to Havana is an all-volunteer organization that formed after Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra took jazz to Havana last fall.

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