Distinguished SOTW Member/Forum Contributor 2009
CAN WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
Last year I had a crazy idea.... it was to raise money through this forum to purchase saxophones for students from families who are struggling to provide their student with a quality instrument. Members of Sax On The Web came through big time. A total of six alto saxophones and one tenor have been purchased with funds from this effort. Four of these instruments have been placed with deserving students!
Funds were raised through donation or donations collected from playing music in a public area. The support was fantastic and my hope is that inpsite of our struggling economy that we can continue this effort
THINK ABOUT IT...
- 20 dollars from me is enough to purchase a box of reeds
- 10 of donating $20 could get a good mouthpiece or two
- 50 of us donating 20.00 with a holiday discount from one of our saxophone selling members could purchase a couple of brand saxophones.
- 100 of us donating 20.00.... you get the idea.
Instead of purchasing new instruments I scanned Ebay and purchased some very nice (modern) used instruments and two instruments from Dave Kessler and a very gracious discount
Technicians Jim Rumbaugh and Jim Germann of Pittsburgh donated some time to prepare these saxophones for the students.
Mouthpiece guru Ed Zentera has donated a hand faced mouthpiece to each student who receeved a saxophone
All donations have been and will continue to be listed on my website...
What I need other than donations
Vendors - Please consider making a donation. A saxophone, mouthpiece, neck straps, reeds, lyres. Make a proper donation and you receive an advertisement on the sax-o-thon website. An individual member donated a brand new student Selmer Alto last year!!!
Technicians - This past year we recieved a Beuscher True Tone to rebuild and sell for a proit. I will complete the polishing and will provide funds for pads but I need some labor to put this thing together. Are you in? Make a proper donation and you receive an advertisement on the sax-o-thon website
Members of SOTW - Please let other members know of this effort. It amazed me how many members contacted me later in the year saying that they did not know anything about this effort.
I have lead a blessed life and always look for opportunities to help others. As a teacher I have always told my students to "help others without expecting or accepting nothing in return."
AGAIN... It is time to give. SOTW'ers are you in with me? The first donation of the year came from... Harri Rautiainen! Thanks Harri, you get it!
Chris Hutter (HUTMO)