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Vista Unified on a quest to give every student an instrument

Posted at 6:23 PM, Mar 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-02 11:18:36-05

VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) — Vista Unified School District is calling on the community to donate their new and used instruments.

As they add new music programs, the goal is to get an instrument in the hand of every student.

"I really feel music has the ability to save lives and it does," said Eric Weirather, Band Director at Rancho Buena Vista High School.

Weirather has been organizing instruments coming in, and a recent donation took his breath away.

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“It was really unreal, like a kid in a candy store!" Weirather said.

North Coast Church heard about the instrument drive and asked their worshipers to help, and they delivered.

“They filled an entire room. I think they might be up to 1,000 instruments they've donated. Think about all the impact that will have on these kids for years to come.”

They've received guitars, drums, flutes, ukuleles, tambourines, saxophones, keyboards and much more. But with a school district of 20,000 students, they are not done collecting yet.

A donation drive will be held this Saturday, March 2:

  • Vista Magnet Middle School
  • 151 Civic Center Dr, Vista, CA 92084
  • 8 a.m. till noon

If you cannot attend the drive and live in the Vista, Oceanside area, district officials might be able to pick it up from you.