By Angela Lanza

Legendary singer-songwriter Barry Manilow is “hitting the road” ONE LAST TIME!, and hopes others will follow his philanthropic lead as he brings his Manilow Music Project to the McLane Middle School, located at 306 N. Knights Ave. in Brandon. The pop icon plans to donate a Yamaha piano to launch a local instrument drive during his ONE LAST TIME! Tour. Anyone who brings a donation of a new or gently used musical instrument at the McDonald’s Ticket Office at AMALIE Arena, located at 401 Channelside Dr. in Tampa, will receive two free tickets (valid for pre-selected seat locations) for Manilow’s Thursday, February 4 concert at AMALIE Arena.

The Manilow Music Project has conducted music instrument drives all over the country to assist local schools with their music programs. 

“I’m thrilled to once again bring the gift of music to these kids,” said Manilow.

The McDonald’s Ticket Office at AMALIE Arena will serve as the base for the instrument drive in Tampa through Thursday, February 4. The instrument drop off location is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

For more information, hours and contact numbers, visit www.amaliearena.com/events/ticket-information.

“We know the importance of music for every student in our schools. We are thrilled to receive this generous donation of musical instruments from Barry Manilow and The Manilow Music Project. It will expand our program for more students and allow them to share in the gift of music,” said Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins. 

The Manilow Music Project (MMP) is part of The Manilow Fund for Health and Hope. It was formed as a grass roots organization to assist local charities and programs. Its primary focus is to provide musical instruments to high schools and middle schools and to provide music scholarships at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, and the UK. More information on the Manilow Music Project can be found at www.manilowmusicproject.org.