The Laconia Middle School Band plays for local elementary school students. (Courtesy photo.)

The Laconia Middle School Band plays for local elementary school students. (Courtesy photo.)

New instruments headed to Laconia, Manchester

Grants from the David M. Brooks Music Fund are sending new cellos, trumpets, trombones, flutes, violins and more to children in Manchester public schools; and guitars, keyboards, ukuleles and xylophones to public-school children in Laconia

A fleet of new cellos, trumpets, trombones, flutes, violins and more will be arriving in Manchester schools and a fleet of guitars, keyboards, ukuleles and xylophones are heading to children in Laconia thanks to grants from the David M. Brooks Music Fund.

The new instruments mean more children will be able to participate in music programs because their schools will have more instruments to loan to children whose families cannot afford to buy or rent one. The grant to the Manchester district will also pay for school workshops by professional jazz musicians and for transportation for high school bands to travel to play for younger students.

The Brooks Music Fund, from which the first grants were made in 2018, supports music departments and music and voice programs in New Hampshire public schools.