COVINGTON - The Grammy-winning author of “I Write the Songs” is giving a special gift to Holmes High School.
Pop singer Barry Manilow will donate a new Yamaha piano to the Covington high school to launch a local music instrument drive. Anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument to the BB&T Arena box office one week prior to show date will receive two free tickets valid for pre-selected seat locations on a first-come, first-serve basis for Manilow’s Feb. 11 show.
The Manilow Music Project has conducted music instrument drives all over the country to assist local schools with their music programs.
“I’m thrilled to once again bring the gift of music to these kids,” Manilow said.
Holmes coordinator of student athletics and activities Stan Steidel said they are happy to receive the donation.
“At Holmes High School we work very hard to develop and maintain all of our programs,” Steidel said. “Music is one of the more difficult due to the number of participants and the expenses of printed music and instruments. To have The Manilow Music Project offer to help us is exciting and much appreciated.”
The Box Office Lobby inside BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University will serve as the base for the instrument drive 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Feb. 4-11.
The Manilow Music Project is part of The Manilow Fund for Health and Hope. It was formed as a grass roots 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 U.S., Canada, and the UK. More information on the Manilow Music Project can be found at manilowmusicproject.org.
Tickets for the show are also available online at Ticketmaster.com, in person at the BB&T Arena Box Office, or by calling 1-800-745- 3000.
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, an Oscar nomination, and a top-selling autobiography.