STL's Play It Forward Program Puts Instruments in the Hands of Needy Kids

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Being a musician is expensive. Equipment can be nightmarishly costly, often running up into the hundreds of dollars just to get your hands on decent gear. Decent , that is. Not even "great." (And God help you if you are a drummer.)

So how are kids supposed to get into playing music without serious financial backing? St. Louis' Samantha Fisher has found a way.

Fisher runs what she has dubbed a "musical instrument recycling program" called Play It Forward, gathering instruments collecting dust in people's homes and passing them along for free to children who express an interest in music.

The group has recently teamed up with Mark Sarich, director of the Lemp Arts Center, which presents a regular series known as Orchestrating Diversity, a summer program for kids that teaches string orchestra music. At last count, Play It Forward has provided the program with more than $30,000 worth of instruments, helping passionate young people get involved in a style of of music that may have been inaccessible otherwise.

Watch the video below, shot for RFT Music by Nicola Muscroft, on this inspiring community-based program, and learn how you can get involved at Play It Forward's official website.

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