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About Us

Horns For Kids, Inc. is a non-profit corporation (501c3) based in Hamden, CT.  Our principal goal is to facilitate and encourage the performance of music by children in their school, and as a lifelong activity.  Horns For Kids accepts donations of new and gently-used instruments, has them refurbished if necessary, and awards clean, playable instruments to deserving school music programs throughout Connecticut.  Instruments are awarded several times a year.  Teachers and administrators are notified when instruments are available — in advance through the website, E-Mail News List (join the E-Mail News List on the HOME PAGE), and press releases in CT newspapers.  Since 2003, H4K has awarded instruments to over 300 Connecticut schools.

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Lee Walkup and Fred Rossomando, co-directors

Co-Directors Lee Walkup and Fred Rossomando are retired music educators who have signed-on to support music education in CT schools. Fred taught in the Wallingford Public Schools, and Lee in the Shelton Public Schools -- both for 32 years. Since 1974, they have also operated Grace Recording Studio, Inc. in Hamden. With your help, they are determined to create opportunities for young people to develop a passion for music.

Our Goals
  • To award clean, playable instruments to deserving Connecticut schools.
  • To promote musical performance by children in school music programs.
  • To support excellence in music education.

All funds raised go toward the purchase or repair of musical instruments for deserving school music programs in Connecticut.  Most of our funding comes from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Connnecticut and Western Massachusetts.  H4K also accepts funding from personal donations and donations in memory of a loved one.  To make a donation by credit card, see the MAKE A CONTRIBUTION page.  H4K also accepts donations of new or gently-used instruments.  Click on:  DONATE AN INSTRUMENT.