They’re hitting the right note in Hartford by breathing new life into broken musical instruments.
A mission to bring the gift of music into the school system got off to a better start than anyone could have imagined.
Josh Michtom has a roomful of instruments that have been silent for years.
He recently bought about 70 off Craigslist with the goal of fixing them up and giving them to students in local schools.
"Hartford is in a state of fiscal crisis, or fiscal trouble, and unfortunately those are usually - the arts and music - get cut first,” Michtom said.
He is the leader of the Hartford Hot Several Brass Band that plays all throughout the city, and now he’s hoping to inspire students in the Capital city.
"If kids could come out of high school playing the flute really well, or any instrument, that's something that's going to help them go to college,” Michtom said.
"I think there's an enormous amount to gain for kids, it's a way to express themselves that's different from language, different from arts,” said Nigel Pepin, who is a band member.
Members of the band raised the money online to buy the instruments. They created a GoFundMe page looking for $2,400 to buy and fix them, and they exceeded that goal within hours.
"I know how expensive instruments can be and it's always struck me how inaccessible it is for the general public because they're so expensive,” said Constanza Segovia, who is a band member.
Now they’re hoping to keep raising money and find more instruments to buy, and they’re even taking instrument donations.
"I think there's a lot of people in town who are thinking about this, who are wishing they could get instruments for their kids, for their students, I just happen to be in the right place to make it happen,” Michtom said.
To make a donation, check out the GoFundMe page here.
Check out the Hartford Hot Several Brass Band on Facebook here.
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