Providing every child access to the life-changing experience of making music.
August 2022
What a great twelfth year this has been for Bringing Music to Life.

Earlier this month, over 640 band and orchestra instruments were awarded to 44 Colorado schools and music programs, just in time for the 2022-2023 school year. This year we were also fortunate to welcome three new repair partners and to meet some exceptional high school student volunteers who helped move all of the instruments from storage on a day when the temperature in Denver broke a record high. And, for the first time since 2019, we were able to return to the beautiful Newman Center for the instrument presentation. The event included an appreciation for our original and longest running media partner, drawings for three tubas (another record breaking high) and a return performance by a talented young musician and clarinet recipient from one of the earliest instrument drives.

Learn more and see photos of some of the many, many people whose support made 2022 such a success - and so much fun.
Prior to picking up their instruments, expectant teachers fill beautiful Hamilton Recital Hall located within the Newman Center.
Stewart Vanderwilt, President and CEO of Colorado Public Radio, is recognized for sharing our stories and supporting our efforts.
Clarinetist Ellington Jenkins with his father and piano accompanist Jeff Jenkins entertain the crowd with original compositions, jazz standards and many old Benny Goodman favorites.
At age 11, Ellington was given a BMTL clarinet. He went on to pursue his talent at Denver School of the Arts, Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts and Denver Jazz Club Youth All Stars.
Band teacher Rosalind Greisz earns the 2022 Longest Drive Award for driving over 600 miles roundtrip to pick up a carload of instruments for Ouray Schools.
And the tubas go to...BMTL's Rebekah and Anne announce Grand Junction's Central High School, Boulder's Columbine Elementary and Edgewater's Jefferson Jr./Sr. H.S.!
Meet Our Three New Repair Partners
Founder Pete Hellyer at Denver Percussion
Denver Percussion

"We are more than just a musical instrument store and service shop -we offer a full range of drums and drum sets, percussion accessories, equipment rentals, instrument repairs, drum lessons and other percussion instruments."
BMTL's Steve Blatt (right) with Chris Luther of Luther Strings
Luther Strings

We have a "strong desire to help students find the highest quality instruments at prices they [can] afford...outstanding instruments exist at every price range, and Luther Strings is committed to serving Colorado's bowed string community with these ideas in mind."
Deanna and Brian Stevenson and their daughter Emily, the family behind Rocky Mountain Music Repair
Rocky Mountain Music Repair

"We are passionate about keeping kids in music and strive to do all we can to ensure that every child who wants to play music can have the opportunity to do so. We always put the needs of the student above all else."
Like Balanchine's ballet set to Stravinsky's Symphony In Three Movements, moving day and the instrument presentation event are collaborative works that call for complicated choreography, intricate timing and a large cast.
640 repaired instruments labeled, sorted and stored over the summer
640 instruments transported to the
Newman Center
640 instruments ready for presentation to 44 deserving music programs

Mr. Nathan Prismon's music students of Jefferson Jr./Sr. High School volunteered their time and labor on one of their last days before school starts. Their muscle, teamwork and careful handling of the instruments got the hard work of loading and unloading trucks done safely and in record time, but it was their energy, enthusiasm and humor that brought color and fun to moving day.

Special thanks, too, to friends of BMTL, Charlie and Jack Rueschhoff, and Collin Green. Our gratitude and appreciation to these rock star volunteers!
(from left) Tyler, Jess, Heidy, Charlie, Collin, Jack, Kayra, Sara, Max and Forest with Mr. Prismon
Jefferson Jr./Sr. High School volunteers on the stage at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts


Instrument collection and instrument repair are our equivalent of music lessons and rehearsal. They are our behind the scenes work.

Instrument presentation is our performance. It is both our opening and closing night. It is when everything comes together and the magic of giving instruments to school districts, of getting instruments into the hands of eager children happens!

  • THE MANY HUNDREDS OF INSTRUMENT DONORS for without them none of this would be possible
Band teacher Rosalind Greisz collects instruments for Ouray Schools.
photo by Karla Walker/CPR Classical
Teacher Lyman Bushkovski heads home to Pueblo Academy of Arts/Instrumental Music.
photo by Karla Walker/CPR Classical
BMTL's Lynne lends a hand to Kearney Middle School teacher Jason Malmberg.
photo by Karla Walker/CPR Classical
for the music programs we support.
  • we do what we do because of you and your students.
  • we couldn't do what we do without you.
Bringing Music to Life

2390 S Fillmore St
Denver, Colorado 80210
(303) 756-3123
Steve Blatt, Executive Director . Michael Frank, Board Chair .
Christine Andresen . Rebekah Bonn . Peter Dawes . Anne Necker . David Necker . Kathy Newman .
Jerry Reuschhoff . Lynne Valencia . Lin Williams .