HMS Sponsorship Program

If you would like to make a contribution to our program, please contact
Bryan Itzkowitz or Jeremy Budrow at (847) 520-2821 or bryan.itzkowitz@ccsd21.org.


Holmes Band Sponsorship Program in the Press!

The Band Sponsorship Program was in the Daily Herald AGAIN!!!
Click to see a copy of the article from October 10, 2007.

Click here to see an article about the Sponsorship Program in the Daily Herald on December 5, 2006.


Background Information

Holmes Middle School (HMS), located in Wheeling, Illinois, is in the heart of a constantly changing community. The percentage of students from families classified as low income has increased from 62.9% in 2009 to 75.4% in 2013, according to the Illinois School Report Card.


This is most noticeable every September at the annual beginning band registration night. The number of students enrolled in the band program has been decreasing steadily. In 2007 the band reached its peak enrollment at 80 students. For the 2013-2014 school year only 53 enrolled. In response to an informal survey of families of students who did not enroll in band, we found that the primary reason was the $40 per month instrument rental fee.


The HMS Band Sponsorship Program was set up to aid those families who cannot afford to rent an instrument. In addition to monetary donations, we also welcome donations of band instruments, including flutes, clarinets, oboes, saxophones, trumpets, trombones, baritones, tubas, percussion instruments, and drum sets. Monetary donations of any amount help refurbish donated instruments that are not playable so that they can be loaned to a student from a low income family. On average, approximately $100 will refurbish an instrument to make it playable. With donated, refurbished instruments, we are able to offer instrument rental for $8 per month, which most families are able to afford.


If you would like more information about the HMS Bands, please visit our website HMSBands.org. For more detailed information regarding the HMS Band Sponsorship Program, please contact the Director of Bands, Bryan Itzkowitz, at bryan.itzkowitz@ccsd21.org or 847-485-9489.


All donations are tax deductible. We will gladly supply tax receipts.  


Thank you for considering a donation to our program.