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Mr. Jones from Salinas CA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

When Words Fail, Music Speaks!

My students need a variety of instruments such as saxophones, bassoons and and trumpets for a music program for middle school.

  • $155,871 goal

This project expired on May 18, 2016.

This project expired on May 18, 2016.

My Students

Have you ever wanted to learn how to play a musical instrument? Ever felt like being a part of the band? Well, the students at my school have the will, talent, and desire, but not the instruments.

Grade general music, concert band, and choir at an inner-city charter school in Northern California.

Our school is in a high-needs community where 95% of our students qualify for free or reduced priced lunch. We have many migrant and military families. We are quite diverse. Although we may not have the same resources as other school's music departments, our students tenaciously strive toward their goal of absolute excellence. 89% of our students are meeting or exceeding state standards in math and reading.

My Project

These instruments will provide our school with a brand new music program where instruments are provided for our students. Making them musicians one instrument at a time. Since many of our students' families are struggling to pay rent, we wanted to make our music program stress-free! We will need a complete set of musical instruments, as we currently have none. We'll need violins, clarinets, tubas, flutes, guitars, cymbals, and saxophones. Providing instruments for our students will create more opportunities to be more involved and successful in orchestra band, jazz band, and school in general, while keeping them off the streets and out of gangs.

Every instrument donated to our program gives our students the opportunity to make the arts real in their lives.

Music can become something that excites them and gives them confidence. Please give the gift of music and help our students join the band! With your support, this dream can become a reality!

Mr. Jones
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 300 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Renard Model 220 Bassoon • Woodwind and Brasswind $7,699.50 2 $15,399.00
YTS-480 Intermediate Bb Tenor Saxophone • Woodwind and Brasswind $2,809.99 5 $14,049.95
YHR-567 Geyer Series Intermediate Double French Horn • Woodwind and Brasswind $3,349.99 4 $13,399.96
YTR-2330 Standard Bb Trumpet • Woodwind and Brasswind $1,197.00 10 $11,970.00
YBB-201WC 3-Valve 4/4 BBb Tuba • Woodwind and Brasswind $5,934.99 2 $11,869.98
YBS-52 Intermediate Baritone Saxophone • Woodwind and Brasswind $5,471.99 2 $10,943.98
YSL-354 Series Student Trombone • Woodwind and Brasswind $1,197.00 6 $7,182.00
YCL-221 Student Bass Clarinet with Low Eb • Woodwind and Brasswind $2,167.99 3 $6,503.97
YM-1430C 4.3 Octave Standard Padauk Marimba with Cover • Woodwind and Brasswind $3,119.99 2 $6,239.98
YAS-480 Intermediate Eb Alto Saxophone • Woodwind and Brasswind $2,439.99 2 $4,879.98
YAS-26 Standard Alto Saxophone • Woodwind and Brasswind $2,082.00 2 $4,164.00
Performance Series 5-Piece Shell Pack with 20" Bass Drum • Woodwind and Brasswind $1,988.98 2 $3,977.96
Motif XF8 White 88-Key Workstation • Woodwind and Brasswind $3,599.99 1 $3,599.99
Concert Bass Drum w/ Fiberskyn Heads & LE788 Stand • Woodwind and Brasswind $1,299.99 2 $2,599.98
Vintage Modified Bass VI • Woodwind and Brasswind $349.99 5 $1,749.95
SB-2 Premier Student Series Bass Outfit • Woodwind and Brasswind $1,179.99 1 $1,179.99

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