Sept. 9, 2012
-- National Pawn owner Bob Moulton donated more than 100 instruments and $2000 to the Orange County Schools middle-school band programs to help budding musicians who want to be in the band, but may not be able to due to finances. A ceremony was held at C.W. Stanford Middle School, 308 Orange High Rd in Hillsborough, August 24. Band directors and school officials were on hand to accept the gift.
“I am a proud former ‘Band Geek’ who knows first-hand what it is like to want to learn how to play, but not have an instrument,”
said Moulton. “My parents could not afford to buy or rent me a new instrument so my first instrument was a beat up cornet purchased at a yard sale for $15. It was barely adequate to say the least. A year later I was able to purchase a better one at a pawn store in Durham. I want to help as many students as I can to realize their dreams of becoming musicians.”
Cuts in education budgets continue to shrink the arts programs especially hard for the past several years. This is the second annual donation of instruments to all three Triangle school districts from Bob Moulton and National Pawn. Last year he donated a total of over 400 instruments and $6,000 to the districts.
A ceremony for Wake County Public Schools was held during a district-wide meeting of arts educators at W.G. Enloe High School, 128 Clarendon Crescent in Raleigh, on August 23. A ceremony for the Durham Public schools was held at Lowe’s Grove Middle School, 4418 S. Alston Ave., Durham on September 7. In addition to the Triangle, this year the program was expanded to include the New Hanover County Schools with a ceremony held in Wilmington on September 7. This will put this year’s donation to over 500 instruments and $8,000 cash.