The history of the Instrument Drive

CPR launched the Instrument Drive in 2009 to promote music education and appreciation throughout the Colorado community. That first year, CPR listeners and supporters donated more than 120 instruments.

Since then, the event has grown exponentially and now operates as its own non-profit organization, Bringing Music to Life. To date, thousands of instruments have gone to more than 100 Colorado schools and music programs. 

A vibrant music community starts with music education

Music makes a difference. Early exposure to music education and appreciation yields lifelong benefits that can enrich our communities. Read what members of the Colorado music community are saying about the impact of music education:

“Music is one of the most important things in the world. It has the ability to communicate thoughts and feelings way beyond what words can communicate. One of the things that I have always loved about music is that it can appeal both to the intellect and the emotional side of human beings, and what can be greater than that, appealing to everything that has to do with our existence.”

- William Hill, principal timpanist with the Colorado Symphony and music director of the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra

“Music is intergenerational. I see it bringing people together to have a common experience. It brings families together. Without music programs and K-8 music education, the quality of music would not be particularly high and the interest level of the entire community would dip.”

- Caroline McCaskey, program director of City Strings

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