Fidelity Investments, which has offices on Northwestern Hwy. in Farmington Hills, surprised students of Martin Luther King Jr. Sr. High School this week with a donation of new musical instruments collectively valued at more than $20,000.
The donation was made as part of Fidelity’s ongoing effort to support music programs in public schools across the country.
During a special performance featuring the King High School band, the staff of Fidelity’s new Detroit Investor Center marched into the auditorium presenting an assortment of much needed, brand new instruments including: five pair of marching cymbals, three flutes, two trombones and one xylophone, as well as an assortment of reeds and mouthpieces. The instruments are part of a specific wish list identified by the school to help expand their growing music program.
“Fidelity recognizes the importance of supporting the arts in our local schools and is happy to help programs, like the one here at King High, provide as many students as possible with opportunities to participate and explore their interest in music,” said Randy Heinz, vice president and branch manager ofFidelity Investments’ new Detroit Investor Center.
In 2009, Fidelity made a similar donation to the school to help King High grow their music program.
Fidelity worked with The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation (MHOF), a national nonprofit, to select the Detroit public school, which serves approximately 1,500 students, ninth thru twelfth grades. The foundation evaluates the instrumental needs of each school music program and then facilitates the purchase and delivery of the instruments on behalf of Fidelity. To date, Fidelity has donated more than 2,300 new instruments, valued at over $2.3 million, to schools across the country.
Working with some of the world’s most recognized orchestras – including the Boston Pops, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic – Fidelity programs have touched more than 30,000 students in 200 public schools around the country with the donation of new musical instruments, field trips to symphony rehearsals and concerts, classroom workshops by symphony musicians, professional mentoring, music competitions and opportunities for student ensembles to perform on some of world’s most prominent stages.
Source: Fidelity Investments press release