Detroit Symphony Orchestra Instrument Commission Aims To Help Students

DETROIT – Not everyone has the opportunity to learn to play an instrument or even own one. That’s why the Detroit Symphony Orchestra is organizing an instrument drive to provide music to students in Detroit.

The benefits of music in a child’s life are endless.

“You learn to work with people, you learn to perfect a passage, you know how to conquer difficult things, you can travel, all of those things are important,” said Damien Crutcher, general manager of Detroit Harmony.

That’s why Crutcher launched Detroit Harmony, an initiative of DSO, to provide music education to students in Detroit.

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“It’s a partnership with all the local nonprofit school districts, churches, private class teachers,” he said.

Throughout the month, Detroit Harmony collects new and used instruments so that students based in Detroit can learn to play them.

“Brass, woodwinds, stumps, guitars, percussion, keyboards, anything we can get our hands on so we can pass it on to kids,” Crutcher said. “Can you imagine 2,500 children with instruments? More kids involved in music, across town, it’s going to make a huge difference.

And Detroit Harmony doesn’t stop after giving these instruments away

“When a child receives an instrument from us, they are also assigned a mentor, a manager who will ensure that the instrument remains in good working order. They’re going to make sure that this student is in a program, ”Crutcher said.

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Instrument reader drop-off locations:

  • Michigan State University football game donation event vs. University of Michigan on October 30: Spartan Stadium, 325 W. Shaw Lane, East Lansing

  • The Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center: 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

  • Detroit Community Concert Orchestra: Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

  • A&G Central Music Madison Heights: 323 E. 11 Mile Road, Madison Heights

  • A&G Central Music Macomb: 51170 Romeo Plank Road, Macomb

  • Clarkston Community Group: Sashabaw Middle School, Pine Knob Lane, Clarkston Village

  • Cliff Bell: 2030 Park Avenue, Detroit

  • Detroit Wayne Music Studio: 21301, avenue Gratiot, Eastpointe

  • Farmington Community Band: 32900 W. 13 Mile Road, Farmington Hills

  • Marshall Music Co. Lansing: 3240 E Saginaw Street, Lansing

  • Marshall Music Co. Troy: 4052 Rochester Road, Troy

  • Marshall Music Co. Traverse City: 1197 W South Airport Road, Traverse City

  • Marshall Music Co. Kalamazoo: 951 Mall Drive, Portage

  • Marshall Music Co. Allen Park: 6500 Allen Road, Allen Park

  • Marshall Music Co. West Bloomfield: 7470 Haggerty Road, West Bloomfield

  • McCourt’s Berkley Music: 3063 W 12 Mile Road, Berkley

  • Music from McCourt to Waterford: 3040 Sashabaw Road, Waterford

  • Meridian winds: 2807 Jolly Road Suite 300, Okemos

  • Michigan Association of School Orchestras and Orchestras: 3899 Okemos Road Suite B1, Okemos

  • Rochester Community Concert Orchestra: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 620 Romeo Road, Rochester

  • North Oakland Orchestra: Lake Orion High School, 495 E Scripps Road, Orion Charter Township

  • PNC 10 Mile Bank / Meadowbrook: 41325 W 10 Mile Road, Novi

  • PNC Bank Detroit Medical Center: 4111 Woodward Ave., Detroit

  • PNC Bank Walton / Old Perch: 2015 Walton Blvd, Rochester Hills

  • PNC Hayes Bank / Hall: 45125 Hayes Road, Shelby Township

  • PNC Ecorse / Monroe Bank: 22111 Ecorse Road, Taylor

  • PNC Bank Ann Arbor Downtown: 101 S. Main St., Ann Arbor

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