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The Jeremy Project

lending music instruments to children in arizona

Jeremy had a learning disorder that prevented him from reading.  Learning music helped him fix the issue and he has since become a productive adult in the technology sector.

When Jeremy was 14 years old, his best friend lost access to the trumpet he played in the school band.  The school did not have another trumpet so his friend was told he had to play a different instrument and buy his own reeds.  The friend could not afford reeds, so Jeremy used money he earned working in the school cafeteria to buy his friend the reeds.  They spent their remaining school days enjoying playing in the band together.

Jeremy’s mother, Jennifer took Jeremy’s compassionate act and decided to expand it, thus the Jeremy project was born.  Students are loaned instruments their schools do not have and their families can’t afford.  They are expected to meet minimum educational requirements in order to participate.

Today there are more than 500 instruments loaned to students by Desert Sounds in 87 schools all over the Valley of the Sun.

What Educators Are Saying

“I certainly appreciate that you were able to provide her with an instrument. She came to Adams last year and was very troubled with some past issues of constantly moving. She had a difficult time in Music just opening up and being willing to participate.

I was excited that she showed such a strong interest in playing in Band. She took the initiative to contact you and followed through to be granted an instrument.  She had a great start here and I was very bummed to learn that she was transferring. Her current band director mentioned to me that she has truly blossomed and plays with a beautiful tone.

I certainly hope that she continues in Band as I truly believe this will help her make it through high school. Thank you so much for what you do to provide these opportunities for so many kids!

You make a huge difference!”David Hayden


“Wow…..I’m seeing just how important and helpful Desert Sounds is to many children in this district and I’m sure other districts. Without your organization we would not be able to serve as many children as we do in our public school programs. Thank you again for all you do.”Lisa Eisenberg

“Our kids had a wonderful year in band, and we could not have done it without Desert Sounds. Your organization helped over 10 kids have an instrument to use in our bands this year. These kids performed very well, and are excited to have had the chance to have music in their lives.”Angela Mantie

Making my first sounds.
Children Music Arizona
Spring recital
Learning to play the trumpet.
  • Be enrolled in your school’s band or orchestra
  • Practice your instrument 25 minutes a day 5 days a week or as specified by your music teacher
  • Attend and participate in all school rehearsals, concerts and performances
  • Attend school
  • Do your homework
  • Show good citizenship to your classmates
  • Maintain your instrument according to Desert Sounds instrument maintenance guide
  • Return your instrument in the same condition it was received
  • Attend and complete parent orientation program
  • Meet Desert Sounds financial guidelines
  • Encourage and support your student’s interest in learning music
  • Ensure your student practices, attends all school rehearsals, concerts and performances on time
  • Ensure your student attends school and does their homework
  • Ensure your child maintains their instrument and returns it in the same condition it was received
  • Notify Desert Sounds within three business days of any changes to our contact information
  • Ensure your student participates in any required Desert Sounds recitals
  • Ensure your child participates in the required band/orchestra classes

If you are a band or orchestra director with children who need instruments or want more information about our programs.  Please contact Jennifer by email or phone 480-304-4762.

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  • Name of Parent or Guardian
  • School Information

  • Application Questions

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