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Community Outreach Instruments in the Attic

Glen McCarthy Shares Passion for Music at Sandals

MCAA guitar teacher, Glen McCarthy was generous enough to include Instruments in the Attic (IiA) on his vacation to Sandals, Jamaica over winter break. 

This is not the first time that Mr. McCarthy donated an instrument on IiA’s behalf. Not only has he brought other instruments to the Sandals Foundation as a part of his travels, but Mr. McCarthy regularly facilitates donations to school music programs throughout the Northern Virginia area. 

Our Today writes:

Glen McCarthy, a music teacher at Mason Community Arts Academy, and Dionne Reid-Richards, a project manager in the technical division at Sandals Resorts International, both share a common passion for music and a commitment to imparting this love through music education.

With the help of the Sandals Foundation and Mason Community Arts Academy’s Instruments in the Attic
programme, they are set to achieve just that with the recent donation of musical equipment to the Calvary Wind Ensemble, based at the Calvary Baptist Church in Montego Bay.

Our Today

You can learn more about the story in the link above. MCAA thanks Glen for continuing to support music education and outreach not just here in the Northern Virginia area, but around the world.

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Piano Available to Good Home

A generous family from Alexandria, VA recently contacted the Academy about gifting their Chickering upright piano to a good home. If anyone is interested in accepting this gift, please contact us ASAP.

The piano is approximately 85 years old and is free of charge; however, the family requests the recipient to pay for the moving expense, which averages around $250-300 (when using a professional piano moving company) depending on the distance traveled, number of stairs involved, etc. Also, acoustic pianos usually require a tuning from a professional piano tuner after a move as well. 

If you think you have a need (and a space) for this piano, it’s a great opportunity to look into. We will handle this on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please email us at academy@gmu.edu  (no phone calls please) and put “Piano Available to Good Home” in the subject (or simply Reply to the Newsletter email). A recipient will be matched as soon as possible.

Please note that these opportunities typically come up several times throughout the year, so keep checking the Academy Newsletter!

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Community Outreach Instruments in the Attic

I.C. Norcom High School Instrument Donation

Derik J. Wright (pictured to the far left), joins the MCAA family as the Assistant Coordinator of Instruments in the Attic. Mr. Wright had the opportunity to fill some instrumental needs at his previous employer I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth, VA, where he served as band director for several years. I.C. Norcom is the 2nd oldest historically African American High School in the nation. The Academy donated 3 trumpets, 2 alto saxophones, 5 clarinets, and 3 flutes.

“The Instruments in the Attic program holds a special place in my heart. Coming from teaching in a Title I school, one of my biggest hurdles was inventory. I simply would not have enough instruments for all of my students and they would have to share. This program puts unused instruments in the hands of students who not only need them but will put them to good use.”

Derik Wright

Mr. Wright is currently studying Wind Conducting under Dr. William Lake Jr. (Mason Summer Band Camp & Summer Conducting Symposium Director) at George Mason. He holds two degrees from Norfolk State University in Music Media (B.M) and Music Theory & Composition (M.M). 

Written by Derik J. Wright

Edited by Regina Schneider

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Piano Available

Piano Available to Good Home

A generous family from Annandale, VA recently contacted the Academy about gifting their Baldwin Acrosonic Spinet piano to a good home. If anyone is interested in accepting this gift, please contact us ASAP. Note: the piano has one or two sticky keys.

The piano is approximately 60 years old and is free of charge; however, the family requests the recipient to pay for the moving expense, which averages around $250-300 (when using a professional piano moving company) depending on the distance traveled, number of stairs involved, etc. Also, acoustic pianos usually require a tuning from a professional piano tuner after a move as well. 

If you think you have a need (and a space) for this piano, it’s a great opportunity to look into. We will handle this on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please email us at academy@gmu.edu (no phone calls please) and put “Piano Available to Good Home” in the subject (or simply Reply to the Newsletter email). A recipient will be matched as soon as possible.

Please note that these opportunities typically come up several times throughout the year, so keep checking the Academy Newsletter!

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Piano Available

Piano Available to Good Home

A generous family from Clifton, VA recently contacted the Academy about gifting their Story and Clark upright piano to a good home. If anyone is interested in accepting this gift, please contact us ASAP.

The piano is approximately 30 years old and is free of charge; however, the family requests the recipient to pay for the moving expense, which averages around $250-300 (when using a professional piano moving company) depending on the distance traveled, number of stairs involved, etc. Also, acoustic pianos usually require a tuning from a professional piano tuner after a move as well. 

If you think you have a need (and a space) for this piano, it’s a great opportunity to look into. We will handle this on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please email us at academy@gmu.edu  (no phone calls please) and put “Piano Available to Good Home” in the subject (or simply Reply to the Newsletter email). A recipient will be matched as soon as possible.

Please note that these opportunities typically come up several times throughout the year, so keep checking the Academy Newsletter!