Replace a Stolen Flute

Trevor Patrick Watkin is one of Chicago's finest musicians, and also one of Chicago's finest human beings.

His flute skills are unparalleled, and he's one of the most beloved music teachers in the city.

But recently Trevor’s flute was stolen.

This is both professionally and personally devastating for him -- that was the flute he had as a young boy. There are literally 25 years of memories on that flute.

He's one of the most generous people out there. He doesn't deserve this loss.

Any musician understands how devastating losing an instrument can be. But you don't have to be a musician to  imagine — it’s his livelihood, and it’s a primary source of joy. Losing this means losing more than just a piece of metal.

But an instrument is just that — an instrument — and Trevor can still teach and perform on a flute that’s new to him just as well as on a flute he’s had his whole life.

So that’s what I hope to do with this campaign: replace his old flute (preferably with a professional grade flute fit for a lifelong musician and teacher).

Like most of us, he makes enough to get by, and like most of us, he’s got a lot of debt, and he’s managing it, but he can’t really take on this kind of additional debt.

That's where we come in—Trevor's friends, family, and anyone who cares about live music. And our friends and family. And our friends' and family's friends and family.

Can you help him replace his flute?

We're asking two easy things:
1) Please donate what money you can.
2) Please share this GoFundMe link with everyone you can – Facebook, Twitter, if you’ve got an email list...everywhere.

If you know Trevor in real life, he’s got a birthday coming instead of buying him a drink, a much better birthday present would to put that money into this GoFundMe, and then also share this link everywhere you can. These two things help tremendously.

Please help get Trevor a new flute!
  • Casey Meredith 
    • $50 
    • 35 mos
  • Tyler Pistorius 
    • $25 
    • 35 mos
  • Bil Gaines 
    • $8 
    • 35 mos
  • Colleen Corning 
    • $25 
    • 35 mos
  • Suzanne H Cassidy 
    • $7 
    • 35 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Bil Gaines 
Oxnard, CA
Trevor Watkin 
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