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Ridgewood Student Collects Instruments For Underserved School Children

Jake Rubenstein of Ridgewood plays Death Cab For Cutie's drum kit at Madison Square Garden before a concert. Photo Credit: Jake Rubenstein
Rubenstein is collecting instruments for underserved school children. Photo Credit: Jake Rubenstein

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — Jake Rubenstein of Ridgewood is determined to spread the joy of music.

The 12-year-old Waldwick School of Rock student says he’s fortunate to have been able to pursue his passion, but knows that’s not the case for everyone.

In light of his March Bar Mitzvah, Rubenstein is collecting new or gently used instruments to support Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization that provides free instruments and music education to underserved public schools.

“Music unifies people. It gives them an outlet to express themselves,” said Rubenstein, a student at the George Washington Middle School.

“It’s important for musicians who appreciate it to take it to the next level and spread that love and passion like I have.”

Rubenstein is collecting guitars, ukuleles, drum kits, basses or “anything you’d see a rock band using” through the end of March.

His most memorable experiences as a musician was playing the band Death Cab For Cutie’s drum kit on the Madison Square Garden stage before a concert.

Rubenstein says that moment on stage “hearing the sound bounce and echo around the room,” showed him the importance of sharing music with others.

“I’m passionate about music and I want to help kids who may not have the same resources as I do,” he said.

“I just want to collect as many instruments as possible.”

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