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THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2011

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MORE THAN 1,250 INSTRUMENTS DONATED, HUNDREDS TO GO TO SCHOOLS IN NEED



March 1-31, people throughout Colorado donated more than 1,250 instruments to our Annual Instrument Drive. And that means deserving students in schools all over the state will receive the gift of music this fall and for many years to come.

Throughout April, the Colorado Institute of Musical Instrument Technology (CIOMIT) will be refurbishing these donated instruments, of which CIOMIT estimates as many as 600 can be repaired for student use. In August, CPR will distribute these instruments, including flutes, clarinets, trumpets, and violins, to school band and orchestra programs statewide. Thank you for joining CPR in supporting music education in Colorado!

Photo: These Barney Ford Elementary School musicians, many of whom play instruments donated to the school, visited the CPR Performance Studio in early March to showcase what they have learned in band. 9News Education Reporter Nelson Garcia interviewed the students about their interests in music.

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CPR'S STEVE BLATT ON BOOSTING MUSIC EDUCATION IN OUR STATE

Steve Blatt, who led CPR's Annual Instrument Drive, shared: “When we started on March 1, my goal was to collect 400 instruments, doubling what we received from our first drive. This year, with nine drop-off locations and eleven cultural and educational organizations helping to promote it, I knew we'd increase our numbers.

“The response was truly remarkable, and I'm honored to be part of a community that so strongly values music education and supports school band and orchestra programs.”

Steve, who was previously a regular host of CPR's classical music, now devotes his time and energy to community programs. Learn more about Steve and his passion for classical music and radio.

Photo: CPR Director of Community Programs and Classical Music Host Steve Blatt.

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NEWS TEAM EXPLORES ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY TOPICS

Spring has arrived in Colorado, and that brings environment and energy to mind. CPR's news team covers both topics throughout the year. Last week on “Colorado Matters,” CPR explored one important aspect of conservation – human behavior – in an interview with Jeni Cross, assistant professor of sociology at Colorado State University, who studied the energy-saving efforts of Poudre School District in Fort Collins. CPR's news team also looked into efficiency improvements for solar technology. Stay connected to CPR for more coverage of these important topics throughout the year.



Photo credit: Flickr user ricketyus.

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CPR SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO HOSPITAL'S WILLIAM SONN

“Because of the University of Colorado Hospital's (UCH) thoughtful, comprehensive, and collaborative approach to health care and relating to our community, we feel we have a lot in common with audiences who respect and enjoy CPR's approach to understanding our world,” said William Sonn, director of marketing and public relations at UCH. Through underwriting on Colorado Public Radio over the past four years, UCH has reached and continues to connect with “a very involved, aware part of the Colorado community.”

Sonn's favorites on CPR include Health Reporter Eric Whitney, and Scott Simon, host of NPR's “Weekend Edition Saturday.”

Photo: William Sonn, UCH director of marketing and public relations. Photo credit: University of Colorado Hospital.