Library offers chance to give new life to old instruments

       The Old Colorado City Branch Library will turn into a musical interchange Saturday, Feb. 11, at 10:30 a.m., for the first-ever “Instruments in the Attic.” Old Colorado City Library worker Dustie Flynn holds up a
clarinet that might need refurbishing. She hopes patrons
with possibly neglected instruments will bring them to 
the Feb. 11 “Instruments in the Attic.”
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       Conceived by Old Colorado City library branch assistant Dustie Flynn, the roughly one-hour event will be a chance for people to have their old instruments checked out for free by repair technicians from Meeker Music, the Music Exchange and (possibly) Graner Music.
       Also scheduled to be on hand are representatives from several local music groups, including the Colorado Springs Concert Band, New Horizons Band and the Pikes Peak Flute Choir.
       Flynn, who's been involved in vocal or instrumental music since childhood, said the idea stemmed from her “soap-box” conviction that many potentially usable instruments are sitting around people's houses - possibly in attics. In many such cases, they could become playable again with just a simple repair, she observed. And if so, “Why not put them to use, if they can be used?” she said.
       A flute-player in school, Flynn taught piano for 35 years. Some of her fondest family memories are musical. At one point, her entire immediate family - husband on trumpet, son on drums, one daughter on saxophone and another on clarinet - played in a community band in their former home in Minnesota. “It was a lot of fun,” she said. “When we moved here (to Colorado Springs) in 1980, that's one of the things we missed.”
       Instruments in the Attic will not be a sales event, Flynn pointed out. Nor is the library seeking donations of instruments. But advice on such matters could be provided by the musical representatives, Flynn noted.
       The Old Colorado City Library is at 2418 W. Colorado Ave. For more information, call 634-1698.

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