DALLAS — There's a new call for North Texans to donate old instruments.
Young people are already playing, of course, but there are nearly twice as many who want to and just can't afford it.
That's why Big Thought is launching a summer search to get more instruments for kids.
"You can see the light in a child's eyes when they produce a beautiful sound, when they hear music, when they respond to it," said Big Thought spokeswoman Margie Reese. "But when they make music, it's a whole other feeling for them"
Young guitarist Marcos Rivera agrees. "I used to play guitar back then, but I didn't really get to learn a lot, and now with them I learn a lot of stuff," he said.
Luis Castillo also gives credit to Big Thought for his guitar skills. "They kind of inspired me a lot, I learned a lot," he said. "I'm going to keep on playing forever."
Local musicians volunteer to work with the kids and hold jam sessions together.
The mentoring program is already established in Oak Cliff, but there's also a new jazz program for kids at Paul Quinn College.