Guitar from ex-America bassist donated after Texas dorm fire

February 14, 2018

SWEETWATER, Texas (AP) — A guitar owned by a former member of the rock band America has been donated to a student and aspiring musician whose instrument was destroyed in a Texas dormitory fire.

Officials with Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater say the widow of bass player David Dickey provided the electric guitar for Isaiah Ornelaz.

More than two dozen students lost their possessions in this month’s dormitory fire in Sweetwater, 190 miles (305 kilometers) west of Fort Worth. Nobody was hurt.

A college employee used Facebook to seek a donated guitar for Ornelaz, who’s an automotive technology student.

Maggie Dickey, who lives in Sweetwater, donated an Epiphone that on Wednesday she called one of her husband’s favorites. David Dickey died in 2016.

America’s hits include “A Horse With No Name and “Ventura Highway.”

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