Barry Manilow helps Michigan students get instruments

Barry Manilow arrives for the Echo Awards 2012 at Palais am Funkturm on March 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany.
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Barry Manilow arrives for the Echo Awards on March 22, 2012, in Berlin, Germany.

(CBS/AP) GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Barry Manilow has helped bring some music to Michigan school students.

The entertainer launched an instrument drive for Grand Rapids schools, offering two free tickets to his show there last week to anyone who donated new or gently used instruments, reports. He kicked off the effort by donating a piano.

At last count, 25 instruments were donated, according to the website.

Music teacher Tamara Baldwin-Raglin was among those who donated. She gave a clarinet that she'd had since grade school and says Manilow is an inspiration.

Other instruments received included a keyboard, trombone, oboe, flute and guitar.

The Manilow Music Project, part of The Manilow Fund for Health and Hope, provides musical instruments to high schools and middle schools and music scholarships to universities.