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Newport Festivals Foundation Donates Musical Instruments to Gladstone Elementary

Thursday, October 05, 2017


Gladstone Elementary School students celebrate their new instruments with their music teacher, Jonathan Cox, and Ben Marcoux, Newport Jazz Assembly band leader (Back Row). Photo by Jack Casey

The Newport Festivals Foundation donated 16 musical instruments to Gladstone Elementary School in Cranston.

The instruments include one cello plus three violins, violas, clarinets, trumpets and flutes.

"Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc. strives to educate young people about the music of its famous festivals. Part of that education includes offering students the opportunity to experience making music. We are happy to work with local public schools, who still have music programs, to give kids the chance to express themselves in ways that complement reading, writing, and arithmetic,” said Deborah Ross, the Foundation's Director of Education.

Jonathan Cox, music teacher at Gladstone Elementary School, added, "It just doesn't feel right when we have students who want to learn in school, but don't have instruments. Because of the Newport Festivals Foundation, every student who wants to learn to play an instrument this year has that opportunity! How great is that?"  

The donations were made on Thursday, September 28.

Other Instrument Donations

In addition to the donation to Gladstone, the foundation also donated guitars to Newport’s Pell Elementary School.


2017 Newport Jazz Festival - Sunday Highlights

The final day of the 2017 Newport Jazz Festival closed out the weekend with another lineup of solid performances Sunday at Newport’s historical Fort Adams State Park. 

MA Educators Association All-State Jazz Band

University of Rhode Island Big Band

Maria Schneider Orchestra

Tim Berne's Snakeoil

Cyrille Aimee

Theo Croker

Jason Moran: Fats Waller Dance Party

The Philadelphia Experiment

Cyrus Chestnut Trio


Sean Jones Quintet


The Roots

Photos courtesy of Rick Farrell, Mojo Photography


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