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Musical instruments have been donated to Ellsworth Avenue School in Danbury.  Following band performances on Tuesday, Redding-based SpreadMusicNow presented a check for $40,000 to VH1 Save The Music Foundation to support the group’s donation. 

Ellsworth officials say the number of instruments at the school has doubled with the donations this year. VH1 Save The Music Foundation has made  six Core Band Grants to date as part of an effort to ensuring all Danbury students have access to a high quality musical instrument in school and can reach their full potential. 

Superintendent Dr. Sal Pascarella says as they face budget restrictions, it is nothing short of a miracle that these nonprofit groups step in and work very hard to make sure that children are offered musical education that can be the start of a lifelong passion. This fall, VH1Save the Music donated $120,000 worth of musical instruments and supplies to support the elementary band programs at Ellsworth, Hayestown Avenue and Stadley Rough elementary schools.

The National Association of Music Merchants donated $20,000 to the foundation, as well.

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