Barry Manilow will not only be performing in concert on Saturday evening, but the music legend will also be holding an instrument donation drive, benefiting the San Antonio Independent School District.
Manilow, who has released over 40 albums and had 50 top hit songs, says music is important in the lives of students.
“Since the budget problems, we're having such trouble in high schools and middle schools, they're running out of instruments, they're cutting music and arts classes,” Manilow said in a phone interview with KSAT 12. “Whenever I speak to teachers and principals, they always tell me that the kids who are in music classes, their grades go up, they become better students, they become better people. It's not just play time.”
Manilow will be donating a Yamaha piano to SAISD, and will give two free tickets to his show, for each new or gently used instrument donation.
“We're so appreciative of how much he's supporting education, and of course, bringing music to schools, and of course we're so excited that he chose SAISD for this project,” said Leslie Price, spokeswoman for SAISD.
The Alamo Music Center is serving as one of the drop-off points for the Manilow Music Project, and has received a donated piano, and seven violins as of Wednesday.
The company will be refurbishing the instruments, before handing them over to SAISD.
“Schools are desperate for those instruments,” said Zach Marr, general manager for Alamo Music Center. “ So if there's anybody who has some, just sitting on the shelf from when their kid went to college, please, they should bring them.”
Manilow will perform on Saturday night at the AT&T Center.