USM professor collecting music instruments for LA flood victims

USM professor collecting music instruments for LA flood victims

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A University of Southern Mississippi music professor with strong ties to Louisiana is asking for donations to help victims of the historic flooding in that state.

But, Amanda Schlegel is not seeking food, water or clothing. Instead, she's asking for donations of old musical instruments, to replace those lost by music students.

"I'm looking for every instrument that you're not using that we could possibly put in the hands of kids in South Louisiana, that could possibly bring back a bit of normalcy to their lives, because music is one of those uniquely human experiences that nothing else compares to," said Schlegel.

Schlegel, an assistant professor of music education at USM, attended Louisiana State University and has many friends that are music educators in that state.

She has visited flood-ravaged areas several times and said many schools have had to cancel marching band activities and holiday concerts because of the loss of musical instruments, cases and other equipment.

"We're talking about a lot of programs all over the region and a lot of people all over the region that are hurting, that would benefit from music coming back to their lives," she said.

Schlegel said all types of instruments are needed, including woodwind, brass and percussion.

If you'd like to donate, you can contact her at 601-266-5754, or send an email to