By Sara Powers

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, community groups, and local businesses are hoping to collect 2,500 new and used instruments for kindergarten through 12th-grade students in Detroit.

The effort runs through the end of October and supports its Detroit Harmony program, the DSO said.

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Used instruments collected will be refurbished before going to students.

Michigan State University’s Spartan Marching Band and the University of Michigan’s Michigan Marching Band are joining the effort.

Detroit Harmony is being built through a citywide collaboration with music educators, performing artists, Detroit residents, civic leaders, and non-profit music education providers, according to the DSO.

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The drive will run from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31.

Here are some ways individuals and organizations can help collect instruments and support the Detroit Harmony instrument drive:

  • Host an instrument donation drive event
  • Serve as an instrument drop-off site
  • Spread the word to family, community, colleagues, students, etc. about the drive
  • Volunteer to pick up instruments from drop off locations
  • Hold a fundraiser to purchase instruments for donation to Detroit Harmony
  • Purchase an instrument and donate to Detroit Harmony

There are several drop-off locations for this instrument drive. To find a drop-off location near you, visit here.

For any questions, contact Damien Crutcher, Detroit Harmony’s Managing Director, at, and Hunter Janness, Detroit Harmony’s Operations Assistant, at

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