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After he learned that fire shut down an Oregon high school band, destroying classrooms, uniforms, sheet music and instruments, the drummer for legendary rock band, Journey, came to the rescue.

The musician who’s laid down the beat for “Faithfully” more times than he can probably remember is keeping faith with fellow band members in his home state.

“That was the only reason I stayed in school,” Deen Castronovo recalled. “I was terrible in every subject except band.”

He pledged to chip in $10,000 to help restore the program for South Albany High School. And he plans to deliver the money in person when he gets a break from his current tour later this month.

“I would love to talk to the kids, give them some encouragement,” he told the Albany Democrat-Herald. “It’s a disappointing loss and a bummer all around.”

The fire destroyed the school’s cafeteria and choir and cheer equipment, too. Insurance will cover most of the losses, but not all.jared_leto-Ambassador-WWF-JennaferBonello-cropped

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Donations have been pouring in to the Albany School Foundation. Castronovo’s pledge matches the total raised so far, and is an inspiration for students, parents and faculty at the school.

Castronovo, whose earliest gig was playing in the marching band at his high school in Salem, Oregon, has a message for the school, which today reopened after Wednesday’s fire:  “Don’t stop believing.”

(WATCH the video below from KPTV) – Photo by John C Piercy, via CC license

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