DSO seeks to collect 2,500 new and used instruments for Detroit students in month of October

- Detroit Harmony’s inaugural instrument drive brings DSO together with community and business partners from around Michigan to put an instrument in the hands of every Detroit student who wants to learn

-University of Michigan and Michigan State University marching bands join forces for the cause, collecting instruments in lead-up to annual rivalry football game on October 30

- Learn more at dso.org/detroitharmony

Detroit, (October 1, 2021) – This October, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will partner with community groups and local businesses from around the state to hold an instrument drive in support of its Detroit Harmony program and its mission to put an instrument in the hands of every K-12 public, private, and charter student in the city of Detroit who wants to learn to play.

The drive will run from October 1-31 with the goal of collecting 2,500 new or used instruments to be refurbished and given to Detroit students. Instrument drop-off sites are located across Michigan and include the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, A & G Central Music, Cliff Bell’s, Detroit Wayne Music Studio, Marshall Music Co., McCourt’s Music, Meridian Winds, Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, and select PNC Bank locations. See below for a full list of drop-off locations.

In support of the instrument drive, Michigan State University’s Spartan Marching Band and the University of Michigan’s Michigan Marching Band will team up to collect instruments from their networks and the public leading up to and during the rivalry football game on October 30 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.

“Getting 2,500 instruments into the hands of Detroit students and enrolling them in a music program and lessons will be transformative for these kids,” said Damien Crutcher, Managing Director of Detroit Harmony, who began playing horn at Cass Tech in Detroit and went on to study music at both Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. “I’m looking forward to the day when all students in Detroit feel what it’s like to play that first note on an instrument, and as an alumnus of both MSU and U of M, I’m particularly excited to have the Spartan Marching Band and the Michigan Marching Band collaborating with us to collect instruments.”

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

The initiative will be intentionally structured to strengthen Detroit’s music education opportunities for every child while also bolstering economic and workforce development in the city, including bringing new jobs to teaching artists, transportation providers, and skilled tradespeople to restore and bring life back to used instruments, plus job training and professional development resources for workers.

Ways individuals or organizations can support Detroit Harmony’s 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

Members of the public with questions regarding a potential donation’s quality or need may contact the music store drop-off locations or Detroit Harmony staff. The drive is not accepting pianos or organs without previously contacting Detroit Harmony staff.

Detroit Harmony Public Contacts:

Damien Crutcher, Managing Director, dcrutcher@dso.org

Hunter Janness, Operations Assistant, hjanness@dso.org

Major support for the initial stage of Detroit Harmony was provided by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation.



Michigan State University vs. University of Michigan Football Game Donation Event

October 30, 2021

Spartan Stadium

325 W Shaw Ln, East Lansing, MI 48824


The Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center

3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201


Detroit Community Concert Band

The Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center

3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201


A & G Central Music Madison Heights

323 E 11 Mile Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071


A & G Central Music Macomb

51170 Romeo Plank Rd, Macomb, MI 48042


Clarkston Community Band

Sashabaw Middle School

Pine Knob Ln, Village of Clarkston, MI 48346


Cliff Bell’s

2030 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48226


Detroit Wayne Music Studio

21301 Gratiot Ave, Eastpointe, MI 48021


Farmington Community Band

32900 W 13 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334


Marshall Music Co. Lansing

3240 E Saginaw St, Lansing, MI 48912


Marshall Music Co. Troy

4052 Rochester Rd, Troy, MI 48085


Marshall Music Co. Traverse City

1197 W South Airport Rd, Traverse City, MI 49686


Marshall Music Co. Kalamazoo

951 Mall Dr, Portage, MI 49024


Marshall Music Co. Allen Park

6500 Allen Rd, Allen Park, MI 48101


Marshall Music Co. West Bloomfield

7470 Haggerty Rd, West Bloomfield, MI 48322


McCourt’s Music Berkley

3063 W 12 Mile Rd, Berkley, MI 48072


McCourt’s Music Waterford

3040 Sashabaw Rd, Waterford, MI 48329


Meridian Winds

2807 Jolly Rd Ste 300, Okemos, MI 48864


Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association

3899 Okemos Rd Ste B1, Okemos, MI 48864


Rochester Community Concert Band

St. Paul's United Methodist Church

620 Romeo Rd, Rochester, MI 48307


North Oakland Concert Band

Lake Orion High School

495 E Scripps Rd, Orion Charter Township, MI 48360


PNC Bank 10 Mile / Meadowbrook

41325 W 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48375


PNC Bank Detroit Medical Center

4111 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201


PNC Bank Walton / Old Perch

2015 Walton Blvd, Rochester Hills, MI 48309


PNC Bank Hayes / Hall

45125 Hayes Rd, Shelby Twp, MI 48315


PNC Bank Ecorse / Monroe

22111 Ecorse Rd, Taylor, MI 48180


PNC Bank Ann Arbor Downtown

101 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104


About the DSO

The most accessible orchestra on the planet, the acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and a deep connection to its city. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the organization. In January 2020, Italian conductor Jader Bignamini was named the DSO’s next music director to commence with the 2020-2021 season. Celebrated conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik is the orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, while the outstanding trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, the DSO offers a performance schedule that features Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, and Young People’s Family Concert series. One of the world’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, Orchestra Hall celebrated its centennial in 2019-2020. In addition, the DSO presents the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in eight metro area venues, as well as a robust schedule of eclectic multi-genre performances in its mid-size venue The Cube, constructed and curated with support from Peter D. & Julie F. Cummings. A dedication to broadcast innovation began in 1922, when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, which also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the people of Detroit, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.