A man collects instruments donated for the victims of Marshall Fire


Travis Albright’s neighbors dropped off so many instruments that he ran out of space in his garage and now stores them in his kitchen and basement.

LAFAYETTE, Colo. – A Lafayette man stores more than 150 musical instruments donated to people who lost theirs in the Marshall fire.

Travis Albright started a campaign on Sunday and donations continue to arrive at his front door.

Albright is the founder of the Future Arts Foundation. The non-profit organization was started several years ago to provide instruments to schools that don’t have the budget to buy them for students. The group hosts an annual Bluebird Music Festival to help pay for instruments and run free art workshops for young people.

“I was seeing all these people on TV who have lost everything and I was like, this is such a musical field, I bet you out of those thousands of homes, there’s a good handful who have lost instruments,” did he declare.

Four area schools contacted Albright to let him know that more than 100 students had lost not only their instruments, but also their homes. Dozens of adults also told him they hoped to replace their instruments destroyed in the Marshall fire.

Since Sunday, neighbors have dropped off so many instruments that Albright has no more room in his garage. He also stores instruments in his kitchen and basement.

“When I looked out my door at 10 a.m. at the start of the drive, there were at least 20 to 30 people lined up on my street with instruments in their hands,” he said. “I always get emails and phone calls from people wanting to donate.”

Jeanne Clifton stopped by on Monday to drop off her daughter’s trumpet. His daughter even wrote a note for the new owner of the instrument.

“I hope this trumpet helps you continue to find or pursue your love of music the same way it did for me many years ago,” the note reads.

Albright’s nonprofit also raises money to help buy new instruments for children.

Albright said one of the organization’s partners, Odell Brewing, was packing a van to help with distribution. They hope to deliver the instruments to the victims in the coming weeks.

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