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West Side, MANHATTAN (PIX11) — Why is the world’s greatest flutist leading a flute-a-thon at Sam Ash Music Store?

James Galway kicked off the WQXR instrument drive, which bears the slogan: donate a used instrument to change a student’s life.

“There’s a lot of people with flutes under their beds or in the garage that they are never going to use again,” Galway told PIX 11. “We can put then in the hands of kids who aren’t that well off.”

Many of the instruments being donated had great history and fond memories.

“Three generations of the King family played this flute,” Elizabeth King said. “After my husband retired, he started taking lessons. So it hasn’t been opened for two years since he died, but this donation is something I wanted to do.”

Phyllis Tobin donated a mandolin.

“This is my father’s mandolin. He played it when he was in Russia as a child,” said Tobin. “He wanted to play the violin. He never got to play the violin, but he did play the mandolin.”

Juilliard flute professor Carol Wincenc loved the idea of a used instrument drive.

“The fact that they are going to refurbish these instrument that have been sitting in cases is wonderful,” Wincenc said.

Flute entrepreneur Barbara Siesel donated a curved head flute that us good for five and six year old to use.

The WQXR Instrument Drive continues through April 7th. You can drop off at any Sam Ash store.