MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis Fire Department is taking part in a musical instrument drive to collect new and slightly used instruments for low-income students in Minneapolis Public Schools.

The drive is hosted by the rock band Moody Blues and Ear Candy Charity.

Starting Thursday through June 9, residents can bring new or slightly used instruments to any of the 19 fire stations in Minneapolis. The instruments can also be donated at the Moody Blues concert at the Orpheum Theatre on June 9.

Fire Chief Alex Jackson says his department is pleased to take part in the instrument collection, and hopes many instruments will be donated for students who might otherwise miss out on the joy of music.

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