Win a Guitar Signed by Willie Nelson and benefit Mississippi School of Music

(not the actual guitar) 

The acoustic guitar, currently on display at the Mississippi School of Mathematics and Science’s Hooper Science Building, will be raffled off to a lucky ticket holder on Dec. 16, with all proceeds from the drawing going to the school’s music department.  Tickets are $5.00 each.

The ink is still fresh on Nelson’s signature; the guitar was signed at the singer’s Nov. 4 Tupelo concert date.

Dr. Clyde Lindley, MSMS assistant director for academic affairs, was the man who had the idea for the signed guitar.

Long a Nelson fan and collectibles hound, Lindley said he knew his school’s music department needed funds for improvements in instruments and sheet music, and when he heard the singer would be playing locally, things just fell into place.

Sean Copeland, a day manager at the Columbus Wal-Mart, agreed to donate a guitar from his store to the charitable enterprise. And Lindley, on little more than a wing and a prayer, drove to Nelson’s concert and figured he would at least ask.

“We took it up and spoke to some of the management, and they agreed to it,” said Lindley. “Of course, Willie’s really gracious about charity work.”

Though Lindley did not get to meet Nelson, the singer did indeed agree to sign the guitar, with onlookers supplying a bona fide certificate of authenticity.

“I’ve been an autograph collector for years, and I figured people like memorabilia,” said Lindley, explaining how he knew the signed instrument would fetch a handsome purse for his music department.

He was bowled over, however, by just how popular the item turned out to be.


After a Wednesday sales kickoff on WCBI, demand for raffle tickets was so high, he said, additional tickets have already had to be printed.

The cost per ticket is $5, with five tickets going for a bargain price of only $20. The drawing for the winner of the guitar will be held Dec. 16, and you do not have to be present at the drawing to claim rightful ownership of the instrument.

Tickets can be bought at the MSMS Academic Affairs Office, the MSMS Residence Life Office or the MSMS Music Department building, along with other locations around Columbus.

For more information, call (662) 329-7360.

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