During the month of October, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will partner with community groups and local businesses from all over the state in an effort to collect 2,500 instruments in support of their Detroit Harmony program. Their mission is to put an instrument in every child’s hands grades K-12 public, private, or charter student, in the city of Detroit who wants to learn how to play an instrument.
The drive is set to run from October 1st until the end of the month. The goal is to collect 2,500 new or used band instruments to be refurbished and given to Detroit students. The instrument drop-off sites are located all across Michigan. These sites include, but are not limited to: the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, A & G Central Music, Cliff Bell’s, Detroit Wayne Music Studio, Marshall Music Co., McCourt’s Music, Meridian Winds, Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, and select PNC Bank locations.
Damien Crutcher, Managing Director of Detroit Harmony released a statement saying, “Getting 2,500 instruments into the hands of Detroit students and enrolling them in a music program and lessons will be transformative for these kids. I’m looking forward to the day when all students in Detroit feel what it’s like to play that first note on an instrument, and as an alumnus of both MSU and U of M, I’m particularly excited to have the Spartan Marching Band and the Michigan Marching Band collaborating with us to collect instruments.”
Detroit, if you wish to get you child involved in learning a new instrument, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Harmony program are the place for you. Also, if you are looking to donate any used instruments or wish to help DSO in anyway, please visit Detroit Symphony Orchestra.com for details and information on drop-off site and how to donate.