Hamilton Awarded New Instruments by The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation

Hamilton Awarded New Instruments by The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation
January 9, 2020 Madeline Janicki

Hamilton Middle School Awarded New Instruments by The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation


Denver – Hamilton Middle School has been selected by the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation to receive a donation of the following musical instruments.

  • 5 Eastman VC80ST ¾ cellos 
  • 7 Eastman EAS251 alto saxophones
  • 2 Eastman EFH210 flutes
  • 1 Eastman EHF462 double French horns
  • 1 Eastman ETS281 tenor saxophone
  • 1 Eastman EBB231 ¾ tuba
  • 9 Eastman VL80ST 4/4 violins
  • 1 Eastman VA80ST 14” viola
  • 8 Blessing trombone mouthpieces
  • 1 Sherrard cello rack


The total retail value of this donation is $36,853 and is made possible with generous funding from AEG Rocky Mountains and the Gene and Ruth Posner Foundation.  “We were able to do this because of Tedeschi Trucks Band who gave a Red Rocks concert this summer. They designated a portion of proceeds to us to use in a Colorado school.” – Felice Mancini, President and CEO of The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. 


This donation will aid in Hamilton’s mission to foster lifelong global learners by promoting a balanced academic, physical, artistic, and emotional development for all scholars. Additionally, this donation will help provide equitable access to high quality musical instruments to Hamilton scholars. 


The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation donates musical instruments to schools nationwide with a focus on low-income communities. Applications for donations are by invitation only. In collaboration with committed school districts, the Foundation’s investments are strategically placed as part of a K–12 district-wide plan to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Economically disadvantaged students gain access to their school’s music program
  • Instrument and mouthpiece sharing is eliminated, resulting in added instruction and practice time for students
  • Aged instruments are replaced resulting in enhanced student engagement, learning and progression
  • Sequential, quality K–12 music education programs are sustained
  • Community engagement is increased
  • Music student’s academic achievement, school attendance, graduation rates are increased and suspensions are reduced, compared to the total school population

“I was connected to The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation when my husband, Darren Rahn, was helping the founder of Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) founder, Mitchel Moore.  HOLA gives underserved kids an equal chance to succeed through a comprehensive array of after-school academic, arts, athletics and wellness programs.  Coincidentally, when Mitchel learned that I was a public school music teacher, he immediately facilitated an introduction between me and The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.” – Priscilla Rahn, Instrumental Music Teacher


“We are deeply honored as a school community to receive this transformational grant that will provide such a rich set of music resources for our students and music program.  This grant is a reflection of the gifts and talents Ms. Shaw Rahn and our teachers bring to their craft everyday and the brilliant talents and potential in our students. We sincerely thank Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation for recognizing the potential in our Hamilton community and supporting our students and cannot wait to get started with these amazing new resources.” – Dr. Christian Sawayer, Principal