MARTINEZ (KRON) – When Connor Schwab picked up his baritone saxophone from the music room at Martinez Junior High on Friday morning, it was nowhere to be found.
âWe generally feel pretty safe here, we are having a lot of fun,â he said. “I just got a little scared and panicked a little.”
âWhen we walked in they said someone had been here and I said I think so too,â Julianne George said.
George is the instrumental music director and said they quickly realized someone had broken into.
They took Schwab’s baritone sax, an alto sax, three amplifiers and an Eastman cello.
âIt was horrible because the music in Martinez is kind of our lifeblood,â said George. âThe citizens of Martinez bought all of these instruments for us. “
âIt’s a wonderful, caring little community,â said high school music director Sara Stafford. âHearing what happened in college was really sad. “
Stafford said it affects his students as well.
âShe and I share all the instruments,â she said. âThey are really specialized instruments. It’s not like flutes and clarinets that you can easily hide or throw away.
âIt’s just overwhelming to know that someone who lives here and knows this school and this place here has come and picked up instruments,â Schwab said.
As Martinez PD investigates, the community also tries to help find and replace lost instruments.
âWe have a great community and we are not going to be defined by the terrible actions of criminals,â said George.
âWe won’t let this get us down,â Schwab said. ” We will continue. “
George said an order for completely new instruments would take between four and six months for them to arrive.
She just hopes whoever took them changes their mind and decides to give them back.