In 2nd grade Carl started taking piano lessons, and continued to do so throughout every school year thereafter. Carl also participated in the Darien District 61 band program for five years, playing the cornet. Although Carl became good enough to play for two years in the prestigious Eisenhower Jr. High jazz band, he would tell you that his main reason for joining the band program was to go on the annual out-of-state trip for a band contest; it was the social event of the year for the band members.
Music was an integral part of Carl’s life and the GofC hopes to provide other children with the opportunity to pursue music. The GofC annually provides sponsorship for local students to take private instrument lessons and sponsors the Indian Prairie Public Library’s annual The Sound music festival for teens. The GofC also operates a permanent Instrument Recycling Program in partnership with PM Music Center in Aurora, IL. Musical instruments that are no longer used can be donated to the Foundation, refurbished by PM Music Center, and redistributed to school band programs in need. PM Music Center is a permanent drop-off site for instrument donations, which are tax deductible (use this form).
If you are a band director and would like to inquire about available instruments for your program, please check our Instrument Inventory to see what refurbished instruments we have available and contact us below. If you have a qualified student, please complete an instrument scholarship form for him or her.
The GofC regularly awards financial grants to local community organizations dedicated to youth music education. For more information on grant availability or to recommend an organization, contact us.