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Barry Manilow has hits and awards, but he's focused on music class
Barry Manilow has hits and awards, but he's focused on music class

Eight years ago, Barry Manilow was shocked to hear that a friend's daughter was futilely searching for a saxophone. The student wanted to try something new, but her school didn't have the instrument. Manilow, the veteran singer and composer with more than 80 million records sold worldwide, was dumbfounded. But after surveying the country's school-funding issues as a whole, Manilow soon realized his friend's daughter shared the same problem with kids across the country. The issue resonated with him. "I went to a dump of a high school in Brooklyn, [N.Y.], but it had an orchestra class," Manilow, 69, said in a recent interview. "And when I joined that...

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