Give the Gift of Music to Under-Served Students

by Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation

     For dozens of schools, 2016 was a jubilant year. We awarded over 1,500 instruments to 64 schools across the country.

     If you've ever wondered what happens to a school's music program after an instrument donation, know that we stay involved to make sure that their music program thrives for all the kids who will play those instruments over many years.

     Music education matters and your support shows us that it matters a lot to you too. Thank you again for your trust in us to keep music alive in our schools. We couldn't do it without you!

The MHOF Team - Felice, Tricia, Natalia, Anne and Mandey


        Every now and then, something special happens that validates your choices in life, your values and your passion. I want to thank you for choosing to support our work and make a real difference for children.

        On October 17, MHOF was thanked in a very public and special way for 20 years of keeping music alive for kids across the country. In receiving the National Arts Education Award from Americans for the Arts, I stepped up to accept the honor from a young violinist who recently benefited from our work, Brianna, who attends school in the Bronx.

        In accepting the award, all I could think of was all of you - without you we wouldn’t be here doing the work you want us to do. Please take a moment to watch this wonderful video from the evening, and be proud of what you make possible.

Banning HS students with their new instruments!
Banning HS students with their new instruments!

As you’re enjoying the summer months, know that we’re working diligently to make sure that more students will be able to join band in the Fall.

We just awarded over 1,000 instruments to 56 schools in 20 states. Click here to see the schools that will have new instruments for their kids to play on their first day back.

And remember that each instrument we give to a school remains there for many years, allowing generations of youngsters to benefit, just like Frank Rico’s students at Bell Gardens High School in Bell Gardens, CA. Frank had this to say a year after we donated 48 instruments to his music program:

"As a result of your donation, students are able to take instruments home and practice. This has never happened in my ten years as a teacher. As a result, our band program is growing not only in numbers, but we have the option of rehearsing more advanced band literature now that students have their own assigned instrument. It is a beautiful relief to see students more at ease due to not having to worry if they will have an instrument to check out. We are genuinely grateful for the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation for what they provide to our students."

Your support means the world to so many kids. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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          Meet Esteban, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High in Los Angeles. His story is just one of thousands of band kids who find their way through music.

          Our Spring newsletter is inspired by him and all the wonderful schools, students and donors who are part of our growing family.


Staff out front - DeAnna Sanchez, Anne Hilbert, Felice Mancini, Doreen Ringer Ross (board co-vice chair), Tricia Steel, Natalia Hernandez and behind, Ed Shearmur, Scott Holtzman, Gabe Kosakoff, Paula Silver, Robert Cort, Mark Rapaport

          Cake all around as we celebrated our 20th year in service to music education at our recent board meeting. How fitting that it was Michael Kamen's birthday too!

          The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation has kept music alive in over 1,380 schools across the country, donated over $20 million worth of musical instruments that have been put into the hands of over one million students over the last 20 years!

          To all those who help us keep music alive in our schools - WE THANK YOU!!

The MHOF Team


When you donate to The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, you’re not only putting an instrument into a child’s hands, you’re providing opportunities, creating friendships, and uplifting entire communities. We hope enjoy reading these updates from two schools that benefited from your support:

“Our program has flourished during these past few years, and we have been fortunate to receive successes not only in reputation through our community and parental support, but through our administration, who has been amazing in envisioning where they see the benefit of a quality music education for our scholars. We currently have 240 students in the band program. Almost all of whom never played an instrument before, let alone have taken a music class. I have had the privilege of being, for many of these students, the only music teacher they have had to date. I feel with that responsibility, the opportunity to demonstrate to our students the ability to proficiently play a musical instrument, will be a part of their day-to-day activities as they map their journey through life.

One of the benefits of music education is where it can take our students. One in particular, was a french horn player I had last year who will be attending his first year at Oberlin in Ohio. He will be studying mathematics and music education. His future aspirations are to come back to his neighborhood and teach students many of the same principals that he learned while he was a student in my class. All he was given was an instrument and an opportunity to shine. He never had to sit in my class without or share an instrument with someone.”

Robert Vega, Director of Bands, Rauner College Prep, Chicago IL

“I wanted to send this photo from KIPP Bridge's band concert tonight. I love this photo because it represents the friendship that students make through music. These students have become great friends by working hard together and seeing each other succeed and fail in music. Thanks again for giving KIPP Bridge students a chance to experience the friendship that music creates!”

Liz Berliant, Music Teacher, KIPP Bridge Charter School, Oakland CA

We are excited for the new year. With you in our corner, we will reach more students than ever!


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Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation

Location: Studio City, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Natalia Hernandez
Communications Coordinator
Studio City, CA United States

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