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Mr. Guerrero from Camarillo CA is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Muted Sounds, Clear Goals

Help me give my students access to high-quality brass mutes for use in collegiate and upper high school-level jazz band and wind band literature.

  • $975 goal

This project expired on March 26, 2019.

This project expired on March 26, 2019.

My Students

The students directly affected by this project are those that have put blood, sweat, and tears into honing their craft. As a result, they have earned themselves a position in the Wind Ensemble (top concert band) or Jazz Band 1 at their school.

Many of these students dedicate upwards of 15-20 hours per week to the improvement of the group, all outside of academic, sports, and work commitments.

Unfortunately, no amount of practice time can replace the importance of quality equipment, which often comes at a substantial cost, especially for high school students.

My Project

When students begin on their chosen instruments, parents and students alike are often thrilled just to have an instrument on hand or in the house. It can be such an exciting time to explore a new hobby! With any luck, students practice often and are successful in their school music programs.

Unfortunately, having access to a high-quality musical instrument and accessories is a near-necessity to lasting student success.

We are usually able to supply students with a high-quality instrument, but many accessories (such as mutes) fall on students to purchase. While these are much less expensive than the instruments with which they are used, they can still create a financial burden for students and their families.

These brass mutes will be used in wind band and jazz band literature that specifically calls for them. Composers notate the use of these mutes when they want a change in the timbre (tone) of a given instrument. While cheaper mutes are available, they often negatively affect they player's experience or don't change the timbre in quite they way that they should.

Mr. Guerrero
Never Before Funded Grades 9-12
More than a third of students from low‑income households
Never Before Funded

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This project will reach 40 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
DW5531 Series Adjustable Trumpet Cup Mute • Woodwind and Brasswind $42.99 6 $257.94
TPT-2A Trumpet Bubble Mute • Woodwind and Brasswind $40.99 6 $245.94
1A Tenor Trombone Straight Mute • Woodwind and Brasswind $45.99 3 $137.97
TRB-4A Aluminum Bass Trombone Straight Mute • Woodwind and Brasswind $79.99 1 $79.99

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