• On Sept. 9, a ceremony was held at Proctor High School to conclude the summer-long instrument drive led by The Disruption Network, a Utica-based podcast/videocast content provider, along with several other local organizations and businesses. The drive collected over 150 instruments ranging from guitars to xylophones as well as music-related accessories, and will provide Utica City School District students with additional opportunities to explore the world of music. 

    The presentation included remarks from Superintendent of the Utica City School District Mr. Bruce Karam, Board of Education President Mr. Louis D. LaPolla, Joe Swift of the Compassion Coalition and Anthony “Zee” Donaldson of the Disruption Network. The speeches touched on the positive influence of music in students’ lives and expressed appreciation to all of the community members who made the drive such a success. 

    The instrument drive would not have been possible without the help of Anthony Donaldson, Nicole Cozza and the rest of The Disruption Network, Big Apple Music and Mark Bolos, who collected and repaired instruments; 92.7 FM The Drive and Genesee Joe Trisolino, who advertised the drive; The Compassion Coalition, along with Rachel Daughtry and Geena Hobika, who held a donation drop-off event; The Pizza Box, who also held a donation drop-off event; and E.J.A. Moving Services, who transported the instruments to Proctor High School.

    The Disruption Network is planning on conducting this drive each summer and branching out to other school districts that are in need. The Utica City School District is immensely grateful to everyone who assisted with the drive in any way and is looking forward to dispersing the instruments to students.