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Published on Dec 23, 2013
Trumpets4Kids' mission is to empower youth to create, listen and act independently and together through music. Through the program, band directors can encourage students who can not afford a trumpet to interview for one. Students who receive a trumpet are asked to practice playing one hour a day, maintain the instrument and perform for other kids so that they may inspire each other and create a platform for dialogue about their goals and activities when possible. Having kids perform music, such as classical or jazz, at a skill level that shows great musicianship at an early age, can allow children to create and realize their own dreams and activities. Having quartets perform for kids who are homeless, ill, or in other at-risk situations brings a new dimension by which each child may begin to see beyond his or her present situation. Whether the child is the musician or listener, the idea is to create opportunities for each group to see other situations or to be inspired by their peer group. The program also takes kids to performances by professional musicians.