New Haven students get new instruments from Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation

The band at the Augusta Lewis Troup school probably never sounded better.

Students were playing with brand new instruments, thanks to a grant of almost $25,000 to the district from the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.

“It means all of the students who are interested in learning a musical instrument can actually participate and will have a musical instrument that is there’s to take home,” said mayor Toni Harp.

Music education is part of the core curriculum at Troupe School, where the band now numbers 150.

So shinning new trumpets, flutes, French horns and other intruments are much appreciated.

In a time of tight budgets, when music programs fall through the cracks in many districts, funding from private groups like the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation is often critical.

Harp says music is a part of a child’s complete education.

“Actually learning to read music, learning to play music, learning rythm andharmony, it also helps you’re critical learning and analysis ability,” Harp said.

And in many cases., it creates a love for music that will last a lifetime.

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