HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — Chris Allen said some of the double basses at Newsome High School have been around for 20 years.

“I can’t even count how many hundreds of students have used this one instrument,” said Allen.

But the school will soon be able to buy new instruments thanks to a music legend.

In each city where Barry Manilow performs, he picks his Music Project Music Teacher Award winner.

It includes $5,000 for Allen and $5000 in Manilow bucks to go toward his school’s music program.

When Allen got the nomination, he made sure his students knew just who Barry Manilow is. (ABC News)