Barry Manilow kicks off instrument drive for Richmond Public Schools

The pop icon has gifted RPS one of his pianos in the hopes that others around town will donate musical instruments to the school system.

Barry Manilow has donated a Yamaha piano to Richmond Public Schools, a donation that’s launched an instrument drive for the school system leading up to the pop icon’s Richmond performance.

“I’m thrilled to be able to help bring the gift of music to these kids,” Manilow said.

Superintendent of Richmond Public Schools, Dr. Yvonne Brandon, expressed gratitude for the singer’s donation.

“Richmond Public Schools is honored and grateful to be a recipient of Mr. Manilow’s generosity,” she said. “Despite significant budget pressures, Richmond Public Schools has endeavored to keep music and art as integral components of our curriculum district-wide.”

Members of the public are encouraged to donate new or gently-used instruments at the Richmond Coliseum now through April 25th. Drop offs can be made Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Those who donate instruments will receive two free tickets to Manilow’s upcoming concert at the Richmond Coliseum on April 25th.

photo by angela n.

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