Give the gift of music to our community!

Help put instruments into the hands of more underserved students.

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$0 towards $300,000

Play it forward by donating to those students in our community

Books, Brushes & Bands for Education (BBB4E) has been serving students and their families since 2000. Our goal is to have 100 students in the Midwest Youth Band and 75 students in our newest instrumental group, Midwest Youth Orchestra by the year 2020.

To allow for more access to instruction, every student that we serve is subsidized by at least 65% of their tuition and instrument rental, which we provide to help with costs of instruments.

As enrollment continues to grow every year, more and more instruments and materials are needed for purchase. Throughout the years, we have purchased instruments and have had many donated to us, but our inventory is limited, which limits the number of students we are able to serve.

Play It Forward is a 3 year-long campaign running from May 1, 2017 - May 31, 2020 geared towards our instrumental programs. Our goal is to raise $300,000 that will go directly towards our instrumental programs in purchasing new instruments, repairing donated instruments, and buying materials for those classrooms and instruments.

We are currently accepting the following instruments (those in bold are extremely needed):


  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Bass (stringed)
  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Bass clarinet
  • Oboe
  • Alto saxophone
  • Tenor saxophone
  • Baritone saxophone
  • Piccolo
  • French horn
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Tuba
  • Euphonium
  • Bassoon
  • Timpani
  • Any kind of percussion instrument
If you'd like to donate an instrument, please contact Shelley Lohr at (219) 932-3232 to set up a time that works best for you. We strongly encourage donations to be dropped off during our instrumental classes so students can see and learn where their instruments are coming from and learn about giving back.

Businesses are more than welcome to become a partner of Play It Forward by conducting an instrument drive or sponsor one of the instrumental classes in some way. To learn about sponsorships, please visit our website's Play It Forward page: http://www.bbb4e.org/index.php/play-it-forward/

$5 of your donation automatically goes to the BBB4E Scholarship Fund.

Together, we can make a difference and give the gift of music to more students.