In an ongoing project to support high school saxophonists, Novus New Music, Inc., launched Novus Spark, a community outreach program in Flint, Michigan. This program, initiated in 2017, provides saxophones and private lessons for disadvantaged public school students in Flint. The students participating in the program not only receive private saxophone lessons, but also have the opportunity to keep their instrument after completing a year of lessons. This program also offers benefits for others involved in the project including tax-deductible donations of saxophones and teaching opportunities for instructors.
Novus Spark wishes to thank: Saxophonists for the generous instrument donations; Meridian Winds of Okemos, Michigan for providing refurbishment of the instruments; Professor Joe Lulloff for donating reeds, neck straps and other necessary supplies; and the Rislov Foundation of Ann Arbor, Michigan and University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theater and Dance’s EXCEL Enterprise program for providing funds to help in the implementation of Novus Spark.