By:  Jeffrey Stauffer – Executive Director

The Elville Center was privileged to deliver some donated refurbished instruments to our fine longtime partners at Wiley H. Bates Middle School in Annapolis in November and December!  These instruments will help support the student musician’s in the performing visual arts school’s band and orchestral programs. The first picture shows new Assistant Principal Mike Ballard, Band Director Maximus Vanderbeek, and the Elville Center’s Executive Director Jeff Stauffer, with the second picture showing Dr. Vanderbeek.

During the pandemic, the Elville Center has seen an unprecedented number of instrument donations as many people have taken time to clean out closets, attics, and declutter their homes.  While this has significantly increased our inventory and afforded the Elville Center the opportunity to donate to various schools and programs in the area, the reality is it is also very expensive to refurbish so many instruments.  If you donate an instrument, please consider further supporting the Elville Center by donating monetarily to help offset some of the cost to refurbish your instrument donation.  It will go a long way towards helping the charity continue our mission of “Making a Musical Difference in the Lives of Children” each day!