LAS VEGAS: Friday night, Barry Manilow welcomed students from Palm Springs High School to his new show "ULTIMATE MANILOW: The Hits" at the Las Vegas Hilton. These students are direct recipients of instruments donated from the Manilow Music Project.

In response to a cry for help from the local area schools due to the critical condition that music instruments were in, Manilow answered the call. Knowing the value of a music education, Manilow gathered together some of his close friends and with cooperation of the Yamaha Corporation, the Manilow Music Project was born. 21 schools in the Coachella Valley, where Manilow resides, received their selected instruments last September.

"I am so happy to help the kids and the schools. Anyone can do it, anyone! Just call your local elementary or high school and talk to the music director, see what they need. You can send them a set of drums or used trumpets that are in your basement and that would make all the difference in the world to young kids. That is the key, helping the kids and making a difference in their lives and their future" says Manilow.

Having begun his long-term engagement with the Hilton in 2005 with "Manilow: Music and Passion" Manilow's latest show "ULTIMATE MANILOW: The Hits" debuted in August of 2008. "ULTIMATE MANILOW: The Hits" is filled to the brim with the chart-topping music that is the soundtrack to all our lives. With the vast catalog Manilow can draw upon, his show is different every night.

For more information on Manilow Music Project, www.manilowfund.org and tickets for "ULTIMATE MANILOW: The Hits" can be purchased at the Las Vegas Hilton box office, online at www.lvhilton.com www.vegas.comwww.ticketmaster.com and www.manilow.com or by calling 702-732-5755 or 1-800-222-5361.