Because music has profoundly affected the lives of Bill and Sarah Lange, the Far North Side couple jumped at the chance to introduce it to someone else.
The Langes donated a trombone belonging to their son to Columbus City Schools — via a recent used-instrument drive sponsored by WOSA (101.1 FM), the classical-music station of WOSU Radio.
All told, 267 instruments were collected.
“Music brought my wife and I together and has enriched our lives for many, many years,” said Bill Lange, 57. “One thing we strongly believe in is giving young people an opportunity to experience music — so that’s why we felt so compelled to do this.”
The Langes met through the band program at Minerva High School in northeastern Ohio; she was a flutist, he a percussionist. Later, at Kent State University, they were both active in various orchestras, bands and choirs.
Both of their children played instruments at Worthington Kilbourne High School. (Daughter Allison played violin.)
Since son Stan’s graduation in 2010, however, his trombone had sat idle. With Stan’s blessing, his parents happily donated it for use again in a school.
“What a great program they (WOSA) put together,” Mr. Lange said. “A lot of people have these instruments they have forgotten about in closets. They may not have stopped to think that somebody else could benefit.”
The drive was organized by WOSA Program Director Cheryl Dring, who had conducted similar drives at stations she used to work for in Sacramento, California; Austin, Texas; and Dayton.
“What I found in every city is when you start talking to people who come in to donate, they all have a story about their first musical instrument,” Dring said. “Not all these people went on to be musicians, but they still remember the impact (that) playing music had on them socially, or in learning self-discipline or other life skills.”
No donor had a story that stretched back…