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School of Rock hosts first Music Swapalooza

By Carole Mikita | Posted - Dec. 3, 2010 at 6:45 p.m.


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MURRAY -- Ski swaps take place every year in our state but a different kind of swap is happening Saturday. The organizers of Music Swapalooza hope you will donate and buy instruments for a good cause.

Dust off your old drum sets, clean the cymbals. Organizers are accepting used instruments to sell on consignment at the first annual Music Swapalooza. Volunteers at the new non-profit School of Rock Foundation say 15% of those sales will provide scholarships for needy students in after school music programs.

Brett Jolley, who is offering his old instruments said, "School of Rock has done a lot of good things and I've had drum set in my storage for quite awhile. I feel like somebody else needs to play it."

So far, they are getting some interesting instruments. A variety of guitars, a German cello, a Suzuki violin and a hammered Dulcimer, that's an Appalachian folk instrument.

Bob Adler, a member of the School of Rock Foundation, believes strongly in what they are doing. His two sons, he says, benefited from the School of Rock. He feels other young people need the opportunity as well. "It can help kids who don't have a focal point, find something that really centers them. And they end up doing better in school because they're happier in their situation and some of them go on to be musicians."

If you're buying an instrument, and not sure if it really suits your personality there are quiet rooms, where you can try them out.

You can also donate an instrument and put a smile on the face of a budding young musician, who otherwise would never be able to make that vision come true.

Music Swapalooza runs from 8am to 5 pm Saturday at 5444 S. Green St. in Murray, next to the Summerhays Music building. Organizers say they will accept instruments until 8 pm Friday and again Saturday.

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