Winter Into Spring 2019
Newsletter #2

It’s been non-stop here at Hungry for Music since the beginning of 2019!  A new main office was opened in the Shenandoah Valley that will greatly help with the distribution flow and storage.  Previously, the music instruments have been processed from five storage units in the DC area.  We are now down to two, which are conveniently located near repair folks.  The office is multi-purpose.  There is plenty of storage and shipping preparation space, but also enough room to hold small performances, jams and workshops, as well as display some of the interesting instruments we have received over the years.  


Also, we recently added a new delivery vehicle to our outreach.  Please see story below.  I will be towing her behind Big Bertha when the Magic Music Bus Tour II starts next month in Miami.  The tour will have 60-city stops with the purpose of setting of Hungry for Music chapters in those areas.  Myself and a support team will be planning the tour in increments of 15.  The first 15 cities are Miami, Tampa, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Atlanta, Savannah, Charleston, Columbia, Charlotte, Knoxville, Birmingham, Jackson, Memphis, and New Orleans.


In our 25th year, I am excited about Hungry for Music’s next step in the growth of our outreach and looking forward to connecting with folks who share the passion for our mission.   


We appreciate your support!


Peace and harmony through music,


Jeff Campbell
Hungry for Music

The new Hungry for Music office is versatile and in an excellent location

JAM Performs at HFM Main Office Open House

Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) helped us open our new main office in Mt. Jackson, VA last month.  In the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, the office will be the main Northeast distribution center for Hungry for Music donations.  Previously, we were running donations out of five storage units in the DC area.  We are excited about the new location.


Hungry for Music has been supporting JAM for 10 years and have donated nearly 500 instruments to their music programs that are keeping the tradition of mountain music alive in Appalachia.  They have grown from one program in Virginia to over 45 in four states. 

Meet the New HFM Pick-Up & Delivery Vehicle

Big Bertha, the magic music bus, now has a sister.  Meet the latest addition to the Hungry for Music vehicle family, Vanna White!  Vanna has already traveled to Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas making pick-ups and deliveries.  We are excited to be expanding our outreach, and Vanna will be there to help.

Upcoming Events

Hungry for Crawfish
24th Annual Crawfish and Music Fundraiser
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Noon til 5 pm, rain or shine.
New District Brewing Company
2709 S Oakland Street
Arlington, Virginia 22206

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Showcase
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

HFM Supports
Migrant Education Program in New York

We recently connected with music teacher, Benji Bruno, who works with the Migrant Education program in New York.  Hungry for Music recently donated a few guitars and a trombone to students in the program and will continue to support as requested.  The programs assesses the needs of migratory children and implement strategies to address those needs.  Thank you for looking out for those kids, Benji!

Inaugural Trip Reaches the Gateway of the West

Vanna White’s inaugural voyage delivered music instruments to programs in Philadelphia, Louisville and St. Louis.  


In Philadelphia, she delivered more rock instruments, including a drum set, to Rock to the Future.  Onward to Louisville, where she dropped off almost a dozen instruments to Instrumental Partners, a program we have worked with in the past on events and local distribution.  We are excited to be another source for instruments for IP to feed into Louisville music programs.


In St. Louis, we found another program to distribute our classical guitar donations.   In the past, we have suppled Austin Classical Guitars and Internal Creations in New York with guitars.  Recently, we donated 30 classical guitars to St. Louis Classical Guitars program, who have a wonderful outreach program.

Please help us to
increase our outreach.

Todd Rundgren’s Tampa Fans Show Love

The Crew (l to r): Todd Easterman, Veronica Morano, Dayna Hughes,
Bob Anthony and Francis Blacklin
(not pictured)

Todd Rundgren fans representing his Spirit of Harmony Foundation collected over two dozen music instruments recently at a music instrument drive event at Seminole Elks Lodge 2519.  A majority of the instruments were distributed to Patel Conservatory who bring music workshops and instructions to impoverished areas of Tampa.  A child’s drum set was donated to Young Musicians Unite in Miami.


Thank you to Todd Easterman, Veronica Morano, Dayna Hughes, Bob Anthony and Francis Blacklin.for their efforts to make the event such a great success.   The Elks Lodge was full of folks on a Sunday afternoon listening to two great performers, Bob Anthony and the Botomatics and Matt Bistok.

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HFM Director Jeff Campbell met with Tell Me Your Mission creator, Pete Kimbis

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Spreading Musical Love in the South

After the delivery van, Vanna White, made her maiden voyage, she barely had any time to rest, as she was loaded with instruments to deliver in the South.  She would also need to make room for collections of instruments from an Eagle Scout and the Spirit of Harmony instrument drive in Florida.  

In addition, the collection pick-ups in Florida, HFM Director Jeff Campbell made site visits and met with potential partners in preparation for the Magic Music Tour to begin there next month.  He also made deliveries of instruments to Young Musicians Unite in Miami and Patel Conservatory in Tampa.  The instruments that Patel received were all from the SoH instrument drive in Tampa.

We are grateful to have a place for our accordion donations.  Jack in Decatur, GA with Accordionology repairs and distributes them for us.  He either sells them, finds a student for them, or uses them in an instrument petting zoo workshop.  The latest delivery of nine accordions made it to Georgia last month.

Two euphoniums, a trumpet, and saxophone were donated in New Orleans to Leslie Cooper’s program, Passing It On.  Last year HFM donated a dozen brass and woodwind instruments and Jeff has known Leslie for almost 20 years, helping her get instruments for her kids.  She runs a traditional jazz camp every summer and hosts a traditional jazz program on WWOZ.  Thank you for helping keep traditional jazz music alive, Leslie!


Other donations included four new snare drums to the Renzi Center’s after-school music program In Shreveport and three keyboards were donated to Texarkana Music Academy in Texas, to help replace some of the instruments lost in a recent flood.

Jacks says, “Rachel (Bowers) started lessons last year on an old accordion she had repaired herself, but could only go so far on it.  She's very glad to have this instrument to continue on.  She's really into accordion!”

Kids Helping Kids

Michael's collection of instruments

Michael Schriver from Middleburg, FL

Michael Schriver describes his recent Eagle Scout service project:


“As a part of my Eagle Scout project I chose to collect instruments for Hungry for Music. The reason I chose to partner with Hungry for Music was because I feel very strongly about music as something that everyone should have access to. The first part of the project was to collect the instruments. This seems like it would be the whole project, but per BSA guidelines I had to also show leadership during my project, which was accomplished via the second part of my project. The second part was to have 6 of the younger scouts clean and restring the instruments collected. This went very well despite younger scouts being very easily distracted. We ended up collecting and cleaning around 30 instruments for HfM. Additionally I created a Go Fund me campaign so that my friends and relatives across the country could participate in helping me reach my goals. The support that I got from this campaign was beyond what I thought was possible. Due to the generosity of others, I was also able to donate almost $850 to HfM, so that they can continue to support programs all around America. This project was something I loved doing and will definitely be doing again in the future!”


We are extremely grateful and impressed..  Thank you, Michael!

We greatly appreciate Megan Newton & Riley Sobel of Girl Scout Troop 94433 in Ramsey, New Jersey for making their Girl Scout Silver Award a music instrument drive for Hungry for Music!

Way to go, Megan & Riley!  
The drive will run from March 16 to June 26.

The Magic Music Bus Tour II
Will Begin in Florida


Preparations are being made for the next Magic Music Bus Tour set to begin in Miami next month.  We will be announcing a date soon and sending out a press release about the tour.  The purpose of the tour is to establish Hungry for Music chapter teams, connect with allies in our mission, and music programs that will benefit from our outreach in these cities.

Big Bertha resting up for the Magic Music Bus Tour II
Since becoming a non-profit 25 years ago, Hungry for Music has brought the healing quality of music to more than 13,000 children in all of the US except Hawaii, and 30 countries through its musical instrument donation program. We appreciate everyone who has helped us along the way and could not fulfill our mission without the generosity of others.

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