Music Matters Program

Donna P. Crilly

KSDS Jazz 88.3 and Cole’s Fine Flooring collect donations of musical instruments for the Music Matters program every February to give San Diego students, who can’t afford their own, an opportunity to play an instrument.

People of San Diego are encouraged to donate dusty old instruments to the campus radio’s office or to any Cole’s Fine Flooring location by the Deejays of Jazz 88.3 and by non-profit organization CCMS-Community Council for Music in Schools. According to Erica Calvert, education coordinator for Jazz 88.3, once the instruments are collected, CCMS fixes them up and distributes them to the schools. She also says that this is the fifth year KSDS is collecting instruments with 250 donations total and ninety-eight in the past year alone.

“Music makes a substantial contribution to young people’s success,” says Mark DeBowskey, KSDS station manager. “It is important to the development of young people.”

Donations will be accepted until February 28th. For more information, visit