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Barry Manilow Donates New Yamaha Piano To Kick Off New Music Instrument Drive For Jones High School In Orlando

Pop music icon Barry Manilow hopes others will follow his philanthropic lead as he brings his Manilow Music Project (MMP) to Jones High School in Orlando. The legendary singer/songwriter plans to donate a Yamaha piano to launch a local music instrument drive. Anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument will receive two (2) free tickets (valid for pre-selected seat locations on a first-come, first-serve basis) for Manilow’s December 8 holiday performance at Orlando’s Amway Center.

The MMP has conducted music instrument drives all over the country to assist local schools with their music programs.

“I’m thrilled to bring the gift of music to these kids,” said Manilow.

The designated instrument drop-off will be the Amway Center administration entrance located on the east side of the arena adjacent to the Orlando Magic Team Store. Instrument drop-off hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“Jones High School is excited that we have been chosen for The Manilow Music Project,” said Allison Kirby, Principal. “Jones High School is one of the oldest public high schools in Florida.  Our band and chorus continue to achieve superior marks at performance assessments. While our school is 100% free/reduced lunch status and most of our students cannot afford private lessons, our students’ sheer determination is what has made Jones High School a premier school for music education. We need instruments so that the musical tools match the superior talent of our children.”

The MMP is part of The Manilow Fund for Health and Hope. It was formed as a grassroots organization to assist local charities and programs. Its primary focus is to provide musical instruments to high schools and middle schools and to provide music scholarships at universities throughout the US, Canada, and the UK. For more information on the MMP, please visit, http://www.manilowmusicproject.org/.

With worldwide record sales exceeding 85 million, Manilow’s unparalleled career encompasses virtually every arena of entertainment, including performing, writing, composing, arranging, and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee,Manilow has produced, arranged, and released more than 40 albums during the course of his career. He has also written and produced songs for Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Dionne Warwick, and many more. He has been honored with a Grammy, two Emmys, a Tony Award, and an Oscar nomination.

Tickets: $15.75, $56.75, $76.75, $96.75, $156.75 & $246.75 (prices subject to change). All tickets are reserved. Buy tickets at Amway Center box office, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or at Ticketmaster.com. All dates, act(s) and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.  All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges.  For Amway Center box office and ticket information, visit amwaycenter.com (phone purchases are not available through the Amway Center box office).  The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street and the box office is located on the north side of the Amway Center, near the intersection of Church Street and Hughey Avenue. 

About Amway Center

The Orlando Magic served as the developer of the Amway Center, which hosts major national events, concerts and family shows.  Opened in the fall of 2010, the facility is owned and operated by the City of Orlando on behalf of the Central Florida community. The Amway Center was designed to reflect the character of the community, meet the goals of the users and build on the legacy of sports and entertainment in Orlando. The building’s exterior features a modern blend of glass and metal materials, along with ever-changing graphics via a monumental wall along one facade. A 180-foot tall tower serves as a beacon amid the downtown skyline. The 875,000 square foot, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified building features a sustainable,  environmentally-friendly design and unmatched technology, including 1,100 digital monitors, the tallest high-definition video board in an NBA venue and multiple premium amenities available to all patrons in the building. Amway Center was recently honored with the International Association of Venue Managers’ 2017 Venue Excellence Award which is bestowed upon facilities that excel in the management and operation of public assembly venues. Amway Center was the only arena to garner this distinction. Additionally, the arena has earned numerous awards which most notably includes TheStadiumBusiness Awards’ 2013 Customer Experience Award and was named SportsBusiness Journal’s 2012 Sports Facility of the Year. For more information about the Amway Center, visit www.amwaycenter.com.

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Written by Lyndsay Fogarty

Lyndsay Fogarty has had many roles at Central Florida Lifestyle, working her way from intern to contributing writer to managing editor. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida’s Nicholson School of Communication where she earned her degree in journalism. Along the way, she has learned that teamwork and dedication to your craft will get you far, and a positive outlook on the present will get you even farther.

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