The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation

Thomas Edison High School Music Programs

Thomas Edison High School in Minneapolis, MN needs support for their band, orchestra, drumline, piano and guitar programs.
raised of US$20,600 target
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With generous and transformative support from Eddie Van Halen over the years and now continuing through his son Wolfgang, The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation is pleased to announce that the Van Halen Family has committed to kickstarting the Adopt A School campaign with a generous $1,000 donation towards each of the first 100 participating schools.

The Thomas Edison High School band, orchestra, drumline, piano and guitar programs need your help! Among the highest priority needs are trumpets, french horns, trombones, bass trombones, piccolo, contrabass clarinet, alto saxophones, tenor saxophones, digital pianos, music stands, sousaphones, mellophones, and marching baritones. These new instruments would allow additional students to enroll in the program and replace aged instruments that are beyond repair.

"Our program is constantly in demand from our students, community and stakeholders to provide quality instruction and experiences to our students, which over the years we have done so with very little or with low quality. We are still growing and doing the best we can with what we have, but we are constantly looking for more ways to supply our program with quality instruments, curriculum and experiences. It’s through organizations like Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation that we can continue to give our students a positive, creative outlet." - Lesley Earles, Director of Band and Instrumental Music

Schools participating in the Adopt A School campaign are qualified through MHOF’s vetting and eligibility process, giving donors confidence that their investment is protected and sustainable, impacting students for a minimum of 10 years (the lifespan of an instrument in a school setting.) Donations made to this school’s fundraising campaign go directly to The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation (MHOF). MHOF then purchases the specific instruments the school is in need of at a substantially discounted price and the instruments deliver directly to the school.

Donate today and help these students foster their love of music!

To spread the word on social media or link to this page in your own fundraising efforts, use the links below! And to learn more about The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation's Adopt A School campaign, visit or contact MHOF at or 818-762-4328.

[5% of donations are retained for JustGiving’s required service fee, MHOF retains an additional 5% to cover administrative costs associated with school vetting and granting of instruments.]

About the charity

The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation keeps music alive in our schools by donating musical instruments to under-funded music programs, and vital support services to school districts nationwide, giving economically-disadvantaged youth access to the many benefits of music education.

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