Fran Bishop with band members and school faculty together at Lee High School.

Lee High School in Huntsville, Alabama

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The National Pawnbrokers Association and The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation Collect Instruments and Funds for Lee High School in Huntsville, Alabama!

Through musical instrument donations from pawnbrokers across the country, The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and Musical Instrument Gift Day are making music, one donation at a time.

Fran Bishop, NPA Members and Lee High School Band and Faculty in Huntsville, AL

On April 17, 2014, the National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) celebrated its fifth annual Musical Instrument Gift Day, where pawnbrokers from around the country made donations of musical instruments to organizations in need. This year, The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation identified Lee High School in Huntsville, AL as a school music program in need of assistance.

Thanks to the generous donations of pawnbrokers and the successful partnership with The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, Lee High School received a donation of the following musical instruments:

  • 2 sousaphones
  • 2 snare drums
  • 2 baritones
  • 2 trumpets
  • 3 pair marching cymbals
  • 1 refurbished trombone
  • 2 refurbished clarinets

 The total retail value of this donation was $17,848!

NPA members Robert Barnett from Larry’s Pistol & Pawn Huntsville, AL; Rosemary Hipps from Larry’s Jewelry and Pawn in Florence, AL; and Fran Bishop from Dollar Pawn in Haleyville, AL presented the musical instruments to students at the donation ceremony. The students and teachers at Lee High School will use these new instruments to jumpstart their music program after setbacks due to cuts in funding. Mr. Barnett notes, “The band students were very thankful and ecstatic to have new instruments.  Band director, Mr. Michael Knotts, was nearly speechless when he was discussing how important these new instruments will be in increasing the morale and quality of the entire Lee High School band program.”

 The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation is a non-profit organization that donates both new and quality refurbished instruments to under-funded music programs that lack the resources to keep up with equipment loss, and accommodates students on waiting lists or who have to share instruments.