"Instruments In The Attic" At GMU | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

"Instruments In The Attic" At GMU

Play associated audio
John Kilkenny and the Instruments in the Attic.
Stephanie Kaye
John Kilkenny and the Instruments in the Attic.

Unused musical instruments are serving a new purpose at George Mason University. Stephanie Kaye reports on the school's "Instruments in the Attic" program.

Professor and percussionist John Kilkenny heads up Instruments in the Attic. "School systems are suffering cutbacks. And arts funding is the first thing to go, unfortunately. That's the way it is."

He smiles among stacks of trombones and shiny wooden basses. They'll be heading soon to needy students throughout Prince William and Fairfax Counties. A pair of scratched-up tubas sit at his feet. "We got a tuba in the mail - which doesn't happen every day - from Florida. An alumni from Mason heard about the program and mailed us a tuba."

About fourteen hundred people attend GMU's community arts programs. The school will be accepting donated instruments during its holiday concert on Sunday.

NPR

Handmade Signs From Homeless People Lead To Art, Understanding

Artist Willie Baronet is on a 24-city, 31-day trek across the country this month, buying handmade signs from homeless people. He says the project has changed the way he views homelessness.
NPR

You'll Be Maaaaaaaad About Goat If You Follow This Chef's Recipe

Goat — it's the other red meat! And it's easy to mess up. Kenyan-born Kevin Onyona reveals the secrets to a tender yet hearty stew: You've got to break down that meat, and you've got to give it love.
WAMU 88.5

McDonnell Corruption Trial Begins Monday

It's a first for the Commonwealth of Virginia on Monday, as Bob McDonnell becomes the first governor of Old Dominion to face potential jail time.

NPR

What It's Like To Own Your Very Own Harrier Jump Jet

The Harrier Jump Jet is known for vertical take-offs and landings. It also has an accident-prone track record, but that didn't dissuade one pilot from buying his dream plane.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.