"'The real benefit of the drum line, as I see it, is the completely new, 100% positive identity the drum line gives each participant. They have a skill — something they feel they are actually good at — that sets them apart from their distinction as 'formerly homeless youth'."
- Michael Stevens, Instructor, Dignity Housing, Philadelphia, PA
"The band program sometimes seems like the only thing that keeps me going."
- Student, North High School, Phoenix, AZ
"There are a lot of family moments. My mom is like, ‘Oh, I'm so proud of my son; he plays viola.’ And she'll start hugging me, and the rest of my siblings are like, ‘Mom, please!’ I remember when my family all came over on Christmas, I played and a couple of them started crying. And the rest of them were really proud. It made me feel good."
- Student, Community MusicWorks, Providence, RI