If music be the food of love, play on.

William Shakespeare

We’re back and so excited to return to schools, inspiring a new generation of jazz musicians. And we’re finding new ways to share music – in addition to our in-person educational activities, we’re leading an instrument donation program, and this month marks the first deliveries of instruments to schools in need!

Ben Franklin Middle School, Cleveland

students from Ben Franklin Middle School, and band director J. Scott Franklin, trying out new instruments

Did you know that the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra started a pilot residency program in one of the Cleveland Municipal School District’s middle schools in Fall of 2019? The program was deemed such a success, we’ve expanded it to four schools this year!

However, some of the schools are lacking adequate instruments for a successful music program, so we have launched an instrument donation program to keep the music alive. Earlier this month, CJO Executive Director Scott Garlock and CJO Treasurer Paul Hundertmark brought carloads of instruments to Ben Franklin Middle School.

“I could really use trumpets and trombones.

Tubas would be great to set aside for the near future.

I can use a good snare.

I can use a bass and a guitar.”

-Music Teacher from Ben Franklin Middle School


“We’re so glad we are on your radar.

This gift will really change some lives.

J Scott Franklin
Benjamin Franklin School”



CJO treasurer Paul Hundertmark, Ben Franklin teacher J. Scott Franklin, CJO Exec. Director Dr. Scott Garlock

Roxboro Middle School, Cleveland Heights

CJO Treasurer Paul Hundertmark, teacher Jonathan Adams, Roxboro principal Rachael L. Coleman, band director Daniel Hershman-Rossi

This month, we also shared instruments with the Roxboro Middle School in Cleveland Heights. CJO Treasurer Paul Hundertmark made that special delivery, compliments of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra.

“Thank you so much for your generous donation of instruments to Roxboro
Middle School. Your contribution of two flutes, two clarinets, and one alto
saxophone will be put to good use by our 6th – 8th grade band members.

We appreciate your support of the performing arts in Cleveland Heights!

Daniel Hershman-Rossi
Band Director, Roxboro Middle School”


Do you have instruments that you’d like to donate to our instrument collection program?
Help us change lives with the gift of music!
Contact our Executive Director, Dr. Scott Garlock, for more information!