Community Symphony Raises Funds for Hurricane Katrina Victims

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Hanover Wind Symphony donates concert proceeds to hurricane relief fund.

On October 19th, the Hanover Wind Symphony, a not-for-profit community-based wind ensemble based in Morris County, NJ, presented a concert to benefit music student victims of Hurricane Katrina. All proceeds from the concert have been donated to the "Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation” (MHOF) emergency fund to help restore music programs in schools affected by the hurricane. The effort will help put instruments back into the hands of children from the affected areas and surrounding states that will be absorbing the displaced students.

MHOF Executive Director Felice Mancini said, “The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation is deeply grateful to the Hanover Wind Symphony for their efforts in helping students in schools affected by Hurricane Katrina. The music community nationwide has risen to the occasion, and be assured that the funds raised will help to keep the music playing and help students regain their balance.”

MHOF was inspired by the acclaimed motion picture Mr. Holland’s Opus, the story of the profound effect a dedicated music teacher had on generations of students. The film's composer, Michael Kamen, founded MHOF in 1996 as his commitment to the future of music education. The Foundation’s advisors include Richard Dreyfuss and Quincy Jones.

Now in its 21st year, the Hanover Wind Symphony is a unique extension of the great American tradition of adult music performance. One of a handful of highly acclaimed community-based wind orchestras in New Jersey, the Hanover Wind Symphony differs from a symphony orchestra in that its instrumentation includes wind, brass, and percussion instruments exclusively. Comprised entirely of local volunteers, the Symphony serves a valuable function in the community by not only providing cultural enrichment to enhance the quality of life, but also by improving the public knowledge and appreciation of serious contemporary music.

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Funding for the Hanover Wind Symphony has been made possible, in part, by funds from the Arts Council of the Morris Area, through the NJ State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Hanover Township Board of Recreation Commissioners, and the Cultural Art Committee of Hanover Township.

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