UM conductor’s GoFundMe project provides instruments to Flint area schools

FLINT — In the Fall of 2014, The University of Michigan – Flint Wind Symphony sponsored a community service project seeking gently used wind instruments for use in two Flint area schools.

The project, known as “Horns in the Attic,” located more than 35 usable instruments for the band programs at Beecher Community High School and the St. Pius X Catholic Elementary School. These instruments included flutes, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, French horns, and trombones.

After the instruments were assessed, it was determined that funds would be needed to get these instruments into playable condition. Students have already provided the labor on minor repairs, which included cleaning, sanitizing, minor pad repair, as well as the replacement of cork bumpers, and valve springs. Contributions are now needed to provide repairs, materials and labor needed to restore the instruments to playing condition. Any leftover funds will be used to provide materials such as reeds, valve oil, cork grease or other maintenance items for student use.

Funds are being collected at http://

Chris Heidenreich, conductor of the UM-Flint Wind Symphony, said: “I began by thinking about ways in which the Wind Symphony members could give back to the community. We could help out with a clean-up in the community that would certainly benefit everyone, but I wanted to create a project that would help other musicians. I have seen other communities sponsor instrument drives, and I thought this might be a perfect way to marry community service with music. I had not realized how great the need is in both Beecher and at St. Pius until I spoke with the directors involved. Now, I think that myself and the members of the band realize what a difference a project like this can make to the instrumental musicians of these schools.”

Gently used instruments will also be gratefully accepted by contacting the UM-Flint Department of Music.

Details: Visit, email, or call 810-424-5315. — G.G.

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