Music foundations like VH1 Save the Music and Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation (named after a great movie that everyone should see, by the way) are refusing to donate another flute, clarinet or drum set to Buffalo Public Schools unless the district pledges to reinstate band/orchestra programs at the 14 schools that may be losing them next school year.
We've written a great deal on this topic as the city school district scrambles to find ways to restore instrumental music cuts in the face of huge community opposition. It's interesting to see national music organizations rallying, too.
But while music advocates will once again be beating the drum - so to speak - at the evening board meeting, we expect that maverick board member Carl Paladino will be hogging the stage. I and a fellow News staffer will be live blogging the meeting here in the School Zone.
Here's the letter sent by organizations to the superintendent and Buffalo Board of Education on Tuesday: