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Mira Costa Bands To Host E-Waste Event

Oct 17, 2015 09:01AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Got old TVs? Outdated computers? Broken-down DVD players? You can bring any of those and more to the Mira Costa High School Bands' e-waste recycling event at the high school on Saturday, October 24.

The event, to be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., will benefit the #Costa2Carnegie effort to bring Mira Costa's GRAMMY Award-winning band and orchestra to Carnegie Hall in May.

"The funds will be used to get the instruments to the event and back," said event coordinator and band parent Vickie McCorkendale. "It will take this entire village to get them there."

The young musicians will be part of the Distinguished Concerts International New York, 2016 Concert Series. This prestigious series features numerous world and U.S. premieres, world-class musicians at New York's most prestigious venues, and musicians and singers from across America and the globe.

The Mira Costa group will be traveling with 5 concert ensembles, which includes more than 260 musicians. The students will perform a solo concert on May 29, 2016 to an audience of approximately 1,500 people.

According to McCorkendale, the All Green recycling company will take the electronics from the e-waste drive, break them down, sell the parts, and recycle what they can.

"We get pennies on the pound, which
is why we need the community's help. We'll need lots of 'pounds,'" said McCorkendale.

In addition to the e-waste event, a GoFundMe site has been set up for donations to the #Costa2Carnegie effort. Since its launch at the beginning of September, the site has collected just over $3,000 out of a goal of $65,000.

The Mira Costa music program won the GRAMMY® Foundation Signature Schools 2014 Gold Award as one of the top three public high school music programs in the nation.

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