Kingwood High gets musical boost from Barry Manilow

February 3, 2018 GMT

Barry Manilow’s concert in Sugar Land drew in much more than fans on the night of Friday, Feb. 2.

Some in the crowd of people arriving at the Smart Financial Center carried instruments with them. This unusual behavior may have troubled concert performers under normal circumstances, but was more than welcome at this event.

Through his nonprofit, the Manilow Music Project, Manilow himself launched an instrument drive for music students at Kingwood High School by announcing his donation of a Yamaha keyboard.

Anyone who donated a musical instrument received two free tickets to the concert.

Among those arriving at the event center were students from Kingwood High School. Kingwood High School students have been displaced from their school due to flood damage from Hurricane Harvey.

The school’s fine arts programs suffered a crippling loss of over $1 million worth of equipment.

The Humble ISD Education Foundation began a fundraising initiative for the Kingwood High School fine arts, which had collected approximately $12,000 through several events and connections.

The Manilow concert helped boost the fine arts fundraising total by donating $20 of each ticket purchased through the Humble ISD website to Kingwood High School fine arts.

“Fine arts are an essential part of education,” Humble ISD Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen stated in a news release.

“Barry Manilow’s donation of a piano keyboard to Kingwood High School touches our hearts and shows that the ravages of flooding will not stop the music. Humble ISD is honored that a true legend - one of the world’s best-selling artists - cares for students,” Fagen said.