Instrument Donation Program
Share Your Love of Music!
The Albany Fund for Education collects musical instruments to put in the hands of Albany’s students. All donated instruments are refurbished and restored to playing condition before given to a child. We also appreciate funds to cover the cost of instrument repair.
Recycle a Musical Instrument You No Longer Need!
New and used instruments, except pianos, organs and guitars, will be gratefully accepted. We especially need student-sized band and orchestra instruments. In addition we can always use drumsticks, rosin, chin sponges, shoulder rests, bows, electronic keyboards/stands, music stands/carts for stands, recorders, ukuleles, cello/bass stands, and portable sheet music stands.
Since December 2014 more than 325 instruments have been put into the hands of aspiring students. With Albany’s strong music program these instruments provide a wonderful benefit! Already we’ve given a second life to basses, cellos, clarinets, cornets, drum sets, flutes, French horns, guitars, keyboards, recorders, saxophones, trombones, trumpets, violas, and violins!
John Keal Music has refurbished over 120 instruments. (Thank you John Keal Music!)
To donate an instrument, please call 518-207-5572 or email AlbanyAFE@gmail.com and we will pick up your instrument. Download the instrument donation form, found at the link to the right, and include it with your instrument so that we can can send a letter thanking you and acknowledging your donation for tax purposes.
Special thanks to our partners and supporters for this project: Aimee Allaud, John Keal Music, Albany Friends of Music, Vanguard-Albany Symphony and Albany Musicians’ Association.
The photo to the left shows John Lenio accepting new donations.
Thanks to Those who Donated During the 2020-21 School Year
Mary Partridge Brown - 2 guitars, flute and clarinet
Diane Cagino – Viola and 2 violins
Shanti D'souza - Acoustic guitar
Christopher DeCamp -2 trumpets, bongo drums
Brooke Degener - Acoustic guitar
Michael and Annette DiGesare - Clarinet
Leslie Dykeman – Violin
Eve Fitzgerald - Tio clarinet
Stephanie Harrington - 2 Violins, 3 bows and gorgeous cases
Ron Husand - Baritone Horn
Andy Kaier - Electric Bass and small amp
Regina Kaufmann – Violin
Mary & Michael Keegan- clarinet and trumpet
Lucy King- saxophone, trumpet, flute
Margaret King - 2 acoustic guitars
Kathryn Mantica - 1/2 size violin, Bundy Trumpet
Scott McVeigh - Trombone and Violin
Jordan Miller - Saxophone
Elizabeth Morss - Jasmine acoustic guitar, electric guitar, amp
Rebecca O'Hara - Trumpet
Kaitlynn O'Reilly – Violin, music stand, and sheet music
Curtis Richards - 5-piece Mendini drum set
Jill Rifkin, Albany Vanguard - Trumpet, 3 guitars, and 2 clarinets
Arthur Siegel - Recording equipment and case for bass guitar
Roberta Sandler- 2 guitars
Liz Salerni - Violin
Jim Shapiro - French horn
Amy Soodsma - Bundy Clarinet
Rich Sloma - Trombone
Emily Stewart - Alto Saxophone, books and stand
Judy Thomson - DeFord Flute
Librada Ureña - Acoustic guitar
Matthew Wasilewski - Rovner Clarinet, Selmer Sax, Bundy Alto Sax, Conn Cornet
Below from left to right:
Yet another violin repaired by John Keal Music. We so appreciate our partnership with John Keal's Music.
Guitars waiting for delivery to Albany High School - many donated through AFE.
ACSD staff accepting a drum set donated by an alum of Albany High's marching band
Barbara Miller’s father, Salvatore Tortorici, played this beautiful trumpet in the big band pictured above. Now it’s being played by a member of the Albany High Jazz band.