Through musical instrument donations from pawnbrokers across the country, The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and Musical Instrument Gift Day are making music in Jackson, MS, one donation at a time.
On December 6, 2012, the National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) sponsored its fourth annual Musical Instrument Gift Day, where pawnbrokers from around the country made generous donations of musical instruments to organizations in need.
On March 26th the National Pawnbrokers Association and The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation will hosted a donation event at Rowan Middle School in Jackson, MS by presenting the donated musical instruments to the the band program and students.
Musical Instrument Gift Day (December 6th) is also National Pawnbrokers Day as well as Saint Nicholas Day. Saint Nicholas of Myra, the Patron Saint of pawnbroking, is famed for his generosity to the poor and for his penchant for secretly leaving gifts for people in need. He is recognized in America as Santa Claus and his three bags of gold has become the international symbol of pawnbrokers.
This year, NPA worked closely with The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, a non-profit organization that donates both new and quality refurbished instruments to under-funded music programs that lack the resources to keep up with equipment loss, and accommodates students on waiting lists or who have to share instruments.
Inspired by the acclaimed motion picture Mr. Holland’s Opus, the film’s composer, Michael Kamen, started the foundation in 1996. Every year, an average of 10,000 young people across the country benefit from the foundation’s programs.
The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation identified the band program at Rowan Middle School in Jackson, MS as a candidate in need of support. The school has a limited inventory of musical instruments, many of which are beyond repair and unplayable.
Now in its fourth year, Musical Instrument Gift Day has donated thousands of musical instruments to charity organizations supporting underprivileged children, families, and veterans. The NPA membership has donated gently used instruments and financial contributions that were converted into new musical instruments to support the music education efforts of The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundations’s recipient programs.