VALDOSTA, Ga. -- The Athens-based band Widespread Panic has donated more than $80,000 worth of new instruments, equipment and uniforms to students at a south Georgia middle school.
The Valdosta Daily Times reports that the band donated the equipment to students at Newbern Middle School after learning of a recent effort for residents to donate old instruments to the school's band program.
Someone had sent band manager Buck Williams a Daily Times article about the program, and Williams then contacted the school and told them about a program called Tunes for Tots, which has similar goals. The band has been involved in the program for several years.
Now, lockers in Newbern's band room are packed tight with new tubas, flutes, trumpets and saxophones, vibraphones, sousaphones and clarinets.