Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation

Founded in 1997, The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation donates new and refurbished musical instruments to underserved schools nationwide, in an effort to give youngsters the many benefits of music education, help them to be better students and inspire creativity and expression through playing music.
Jan 19, 2012

Eddie Van Halen Pays it Forward

Eddie Van Halen with MHOF CEO Felice Mancini
Eddie Van Halen with MHOF CEO Felice Mancini

"Music is the universal language. It has the ability to transcend and convey every human emotion that exists without saying a word. Music kept me off the streets and out of trouble and gave me something that was mine that no one could take away from me. Music education and families are dealing with the economic times, and I wanted to help them. If I can help a kid discover a liking, or even a passion for music in their life, then that's a wonderful thing. Music has provided a good life for me and hopefully it can help make life better for others with this donation." - Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen donated 73 guitars from his personal collection to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. They will be distributed to 7 Los Angeles area schools. Among them, Garfield High School, has already witnessed a surge of enthusiasm in guitar class.

"It was like an injection of enthusiasm when you let them know where the guitars are coming from and what a legend Eddie Van Halen is," Music Director Eloy Adame said. "As the band director here at Garfield High School, I not only run the marching band but the symphonic band and the jazz band in addition to the beginning band and beginning guitar class. With this significant donation from The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, we can continue to expand our guitar class and diversify our guitar class to include electric guitars and enable students to broaden their horizons. Thank God, again for your support."

We are deeply grateful to Eddie for allowing us to give these stunning instruments to so many deserving youngsters.

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Oct 20, 2011

A Recently Awarded School Gives Thanks

A. J. West Elementary, Awarded 2011
A. J. West Elementary, Awarded 2011

Below is an update from A. J. West Elementary School in Aberdeen WA. They were awarded this year and as a result their program has doubled in size!

Dear Tricia,

I'm sending you a picture of the students that will be using the instruments that were donated to A.J. West in the spring [...]. We are so blessed to have received this grant in a time when it has become increasingly difficult for our families to afford to rent or purchase instruments. Despite the economic times and because of your generous donation, my beginning class has doubled in size! This year I am starting 33 students on their musical journey!

I appreciate so much the difference that good quality musical instruments can make in even a beginner's sound. Last year, I was able to lend some instruments to students, but they were in poor to only fair condition. I can already hear the difference in the sound of the class with so many instruments in excellent condition!

I am also sending a picture of a letter that a student wrote. Every time I read it, it makes a lump in my throat. This student came to me in the spring last year (in tears) and said that she was going to have to quit playing in band. When I asked why, she said that her parents could no longer afford to pay for her rental instrument. I had just heard from you about the status of the grant and I knew that the instruments were on their way, so I asked her to keep coming to class (even without an instrument). Just one week later, the instruments arrived and I was able to check one out to her! She is continuing this year as a second year student and making great progress. I know that without your help, this student would have been forced to give up something that she really enjoys.

Behind every smile in the first picture is a story like this, a story of potential that now may be realized because of your gift to our school. I don't know how to thank you enough for helping these students begin their musical life!

Sincerely,

Wendy Koski
Elementary Band Director
Aberdeen School District #5

Letter from a student giving thanks
Letter from a student giving thanks
A. J. West Elementary Student, Awarded 2011
A. J. West Elementary Student, Awarded 2011
Aug 5, 2011

A Year of Impact

Renton High students in Renton WA thank you!
Renton High students in Renton WA thank you!

We are very happy to share this information with you - after all, without you we could not even begin to make a meaningful impact on so many kids' lives. Please find attached the PDF, "A Year of Impact," for a snapshot of our yearly activities and results. We hope you are as pleased as we are that together, we are keeping music alive for so many children!

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