David and Catherine Robbins, of New Orleans, have donated a
bass flute valued at over $8,000 to the McNeese State University W.A. and Dorothy Hanna Department
of Performing Arts after hearing a McNeese faculty member perform
at a national flute convention this summer.
"The couple heard me play on the
program at the 2017 National Flute Association convention in Minneapolis in
August,” said Dr. Judy Hand, associate
professor of flute. Hand performed a program
dedicated to the flute works of the late composer and McNeese colleague Keith
"The next day they contacted me,” explained
Hand.David, who is an amateur flute player, had just purchased a new bass
flute and they both immediately thought about donating his old instrument to
McNeese since they had attended Hand’s program.
Catherine and David are firm
believers in the importance of music as they both were involved in school band
programs as well as their sons, according to Hand.
"The couple always makes donations to
educational institutions, and after my program, they decided this flute would
go to McNeese, since it was a Louisiana university,” said Hand."We are
thrilled with their generous donation since bass flutes are prohibitively
expensive, but essential to the sound of a good flute choir.”