Amid arts push, Detroit schools want your old tubas, trumpets, and more

By Imani Harris for

That old trumpet may be doing little more than collecting dust in your basement, but it could be just what a Detroit student needs this fall, the city’s main district is telling local residents. 

Amid Detroit Public Schools Community District’s recent investment in arts and music education, it is encouraging people to donate their gently used instruments. The school system is especially in need of clarinets, trumpets, tubas, cellos, and violas. 

“This initiative grew out of the observable need in our schools’ music programs,” said Deputy Superintendent Iranetta Wright. “ Students need instruments to play.”

The district is accepting new, or gently used, instruments from the community to “compliment the already repaired and replaced fleet of instruments the district owns,” Wright said. 

Tim Reade, a retired health coach from suburban Huntington Woods, Michigan, says he answered the call as soon as he could.

Reade had attended a Christmas performance last year, featuring students from Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary-Middle School. He says that once their teacher, Markita Moore, told him about the district’s two-year-old effort to promote music in schools, he knew exactly what to do. 

His son had played the trumpet in high school, but the instrument has sat largely untouched since 2006. With his son’s permission, Reade and his wife decided to donate it. 

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