Veteran singer Barry Manilow brought cheers and love to residents in Joplin, Missouri who were victimized by a strong tornado. Manilow donated $300,000 musical instruments to schools in the area who were badly damaged by the tornado. The truckloads of musical instruments is expected to replace those instruments that were damaged when the tornado hit the town last May 22.
Rick Castor, director of the Joplin High School band expressed deep joy over the donation saying Manilow inspired them to play music with more passion and love. Among the instruments donated by Manilow were six new upright pianos, along with brass, string and other instruments. According to reports, the donation were part of the Manilow Music Project, which for six years has helped schools that suffered cuts to music programs.
It was learned that asid from his personal donation, Manilow is also helping with a local drive to get used instruments donated to the Joplin schools and to raise money to replace sheet music lost in the tornado. The deadly tornado killed 162 people in Joplin. In a statement, Manilow said it was honor for his part to bring joy to the tornado victims since music can always inspire and bring hope to people affected by disasters. Manilow, 68 is best known for such recordings as “Could It Be Magic”, “Mandy”, “Can’t Smile Without You”, and “Copacabana (At the Copa).”