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The musicians at George Mason University will be taking up a collection during their holiday concert today. But please, no canned goods or warm clothes, as Stephanie Kaye reports.

As GMU's symphony orchestra rehearses, they hope to get a few donated violins, flutes, or clarinets, perhaps a trombone or two. "We've gotten everything from banjoes to accordions to beautiful violins to brass instruments...we take anything!"

Professor John Kilkenny heads up the school's "Instruments in the Attic" program. As schools are slashing budgets -- especially in the arts -- the program provides musical instruments to students at Mason and throughout Fairfax and Prince William Counties. "Anyone in the community, from children, infants, all the way through adults and seniors - can have an experience with the arts."

And who knows - donations to "Instruments in the Attic" may help future students join symphonies like this one.

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