Feb 17, 2016

An online fundraiser to purchase musical instruments for Richmond High’s woefully underfunded music program received a massive boost from an anonymous donor, the Contra Costa Times has reported.

Two weeks ago, the unnamed donor walked into Lamorinda Music Store in Lafayette, whose owners had pledged used instruments toward the fundraising effort. That donor offered “to buy all the instruments the school needed at full cost, on the one condition that he not be named,” the Times said.

The purchase included 42 new Yamaha instruments worth about $95,000 and they arrived Wednesday morning, the newspaper said.

Richmond resident and community advocate Cesar Zepeda, who launched the fundraiser, said the fundraising isn’t over, as future donations will go toward other needs including Kennedy High’s underfunded band program.

We encourage our readers to check out the full CC Times report, which captures great moments where Richmond High students unpack and try out the new instruments.


  1. Awesome article. I am a product of Richmond High. Please let me know how I can help. Please send fundraising link. Lisa

    Lisa Riley | Feb 17th, 2016
  2. Now need to raise money or a good music teacher to teach them to play in tune. My ears are still hurting….

    Jay North | Feb 29th, 2016

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.