The phone continues to ring steadily in Music Curriculum Leader Jim Petri’s office as members of the public respond to the Long Beach Unified School District’s request for musical instrument donations.
From an elderly woman who donated her beloved cello that she had played while attending middle school in Long Beach, to an offer of a 100-year-old violin and even a stray accordion, the instruments continue to accumulate to the tune of nearly 90 so far, including a few dozen gathered at a recent drop-off day for the public at the Teacher Resource Center.
There’s still time to transform idle instruments into tax deductions before the end of the year. Instruments needed are violin, cello, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and trombone.
Monetary donations toward the cause also are being accepted by the nonprofit Long Beach Education Foundation. Visit to make a secure, online, tax deductible donation. Or make Jim’s day by calling him at 997-8175 with your pledge of an instrument.