Instruments for Change – Donation Drive

566296_205255502951653_370057878_nLife at times presents us with opportunities to make a big difference with a little effort. We invite you to help make such a difference through ‘Instruments for Change.’ We are sending musical instruments to the young musicians of the Landfill Harmonic Orchestra in Cateura, Paraguay.

Instruments for Change was launched on February 15, 2013. In two weeks we have received offers of up to 80 instruments . These include flutes, violins, trumpets, clarinets, saxophones, a cello, orchestral xylophone, a guitar, an autoharp, and a baritone horn. Offers of instruments and funds have been received from Vancouver as well as Seattle. One of the instrument donors is Don Davies, Member of Parliament, Vancouver Kingsway, who is also a violinist.

Our initiative is inspired by Landfill Harmonic. If you have not yet seen the truly inspiring U-Tube video called Landfill Harmonic, please view it at: or http://vimeo. com/52711779

landfill harmonicCateura is a slum built on a landfill.  The video is about a remarkable musical orchestra in Cateura where young musicians play instruments made from trash.

Playing music brings hope into the lives of these children.  As one young girl says in the video “without music I would have nothing”.

We have communicated with Favio Chavez, the Director of the Landfill Harmonic Orchestra.  He is excited about the possibility of the Landfill Harmonic receiving proper instruments.

Favio writes: “the orchestra is a process that allows children to access better opportunities that will enable them to experience situations of change in their lives.  One such situation on change could be through access to better tools or instruments.  The idea is that those who are now at a certain level keep improving, otherwise we will not be creating a real change.  I see this as a process not a product.

New young children are beginning to learn music by playing on recycled instruments because there are not enough proper instruments for all.  These children are probably the next generation of the orchestra, once the children who are now in the orchestra are able to have access to better conditions to study and life.  And the story begins again….But the recycled orchestra will continue even as proper instruments are integrated.”


711024_205255489618321_1001052712_nPrussin Music of Vancouver has generously donated many instruments, and has also volunteered to be the depot for donated instruments.

Please deliver your instruments to Prussin Music, 3607 West Broadway, Vancouver, clearly tagged for “Music for Change”


Prussin Music is making available a limited number of instruments for purchase at greatly reduced prices.  Donors can purchase instruments in whole or make a partial donation toward an instrument of their choice.

Donations towards purchasing instruments can be made by phoning Prussin Music (604) 736-3036.  Please specify that you wish to donate towards the purchase of an instrument for Instruments for Change, and indicate if you have a preference for any particular type of instrument.

Landfill Harmonic Instrument Wish List

  • Violins 4/4
  • Violins 3/4
  • Violins 1/2 or smaller
  • Violas
  • Cellos
  • Contrabass
  • Flute
  • Clarinets
  • Saxophones
  • Bb Trumpets
  • Trombones
  • Oboe
  • French Horn
  • Tuba
  • Reeds
  • Mouthpieces

Discounted Instruments available for Purchase (for Instruments for Change) from Prussin Music

  • Cellos $400 (3 available)
  • Violins $50 (3 available)
  • Violins $100 (7 available)
  • Trumpets $200 (20 available)
  • Trombones $200 (10 available)
  • Alto Saxophones $600 (15 available)
  • Tenor Saxophones $700 (5 available)

565722_205255492951654_1826607211_nThe names of donors who wish to be listed, along with personal messages, will be forwarded to Landfill Harmonic so that the young musicians will see that they have inspired the world.

To communicate about Instruments for Change, please contact Janos Maté at, or 604-828-0687 (m)


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