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Rock n Roll Revival helps area schools share the music

ROTHSCHILD (WAOW)--At a time when music and the arts are facing cuts in schools, a local group is making it possible for students to have the instruments they need to learn the gift of music.

Through instrument and equipment donations, the Rock n Roll Revival Committee of Central Wisconsin is making music possible in local schools.

"These days with budgets the way they are we have a real hard time just trying to keep up with instruments that are usable...we have instruments that are 40 years old," said Everest High School Band Director Ted Aarrestad.

For his program and others like it, the donation of top of the line guitars and amps is a blessing at a time when the arts are facing cuts.

"When we first started it off there wasn't really a big issue as far as budget cuts but now it's taken on a whole different purpose," said committee member John Altenburgh. Now, the efforts are a necessity.

High school from across the are benefit. They are given a list of possible gifts and get to choose what their music department needs most. Around 17 schools received gifts this year.

"If a student wants to take up the guitar or play the bass things are very expensive now so it makes things affordable for the music departments to sustain them," said Altenburgh.

The next Rock n Roll Revival concert to raise money for instrument donations is at Dale's Weston Lanes May 13th and 14th.

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