Below, students find creative ways to thank the Foundation for the instrument donations awarded to their schools.
My Saxophone Legend
by Elizabeth, Thomas Marks Elementary School, Wilson NY (Awarded 2003)
When I was young, I wanted to play.
In the school band, I dreamed of this each day.
I chose my instrument with great care.
The flute or saxophone, which did I dare?
Some sounded high, others were low.
I wanted an instrument that would help me grow.
I finally decided on one with great tone.
This was called the alto saxophone.
My teacher was kind, great and nice.
She taught me to play very precise.
We worked on scales, songs and more.
I tried out for All County and received high scores.
My appreciation goes out to my school organization.
I am so thankful to Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.
I play my instrument and have learned so much.
It’s amazing how many lives they have touched.
By Emma, Marie Curie Middle School 158, Bayside, NY (Awarded 2009)
When the M.S. 158 music program first began,
There were more students than planned.
All the instruments were worn,
Students had to share Ms. Schecter’s French horn.
Everyone did their best
Not to look too depressed.
With what they had, they did what they could
But knowing the program might end was the only thing they understood.
Then, in April of 2009,
A light began to shine.
Angels flew across the nation
Giving us instruments from Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.
They gave us 14 instruments that were new.
It was an event no one wanted to undo.
Everyone smiled at each other,
Their music could finally be free from being a hostile.
Today, new instruments make 158 cool
And even influence Josh Groban to come to our school.
We’re winning awards one by one,
It’s like a never ending home-run.
All the concerts we have are a huge success
It’s all thanks to the instruments nonetheless.
Our music in NYSSMA has been raised to a level 3
It’s been hard, but when completed, people smile with glee.
But the main reason I love music in my day
Isn’t to take trophies and fly away.
It’s because I get to stop being so tense in my own heaven,
Otherwise called a place called B27.
Below find a link to a Song by Sehyn and Julia, Esperanza High School, Anaheim, CA (Awarded Fall 2002)