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Read More About Our Play It Forward Ambassadors and Why they Support Kids' Orchestra:

Dr. Larry Heard

Dr. Larry Heard, Program and Instrument Inventory Manager, is tasked with keeping track of, distributing, and maintaining all the instruments that KO lends to its students. This past summer, students were asked to submit videos of their performances due to COVID-19 restrictions. Dr. Heard recalled the touching story of a young man who almost did not submit his video because several strings on his violin had snapped and broken while he was practicing his submission. He figured, “why bother?” Dr. Heard told him it would be fixed by the next day, and he would still have time to finish his video performance. “When I saw his video, I was moved by the joy and pride with which he performed,” says Dr. Heard. “He loved playing his violin! This is why I do what I do.”

Dr. Larry Heard
Paige Hoffman

Paige Hoffman

Now an accomplished 16-year-old alumnus of the program, Paige Hoffman started with KO at nine years old. “Kids’ Orchestra is an astounding program that gives children in the community the opportunity to begin their journey to find themselves through music. I wonder if I would be the composer and musician I am today if I wouldn’t have had an outlet like Kids’ Orchestra,” says Paige. Paige plans on pursuing a degree in composition to eventually become a composition professor herself. She is looking forward to inspiring young musicians just as she was inspired in her time at Kids’ Orchestra.

Layne McDaniel

Community activist and supporter of numerous non-profits in our community, Layne McDaniel inspired the first Play It Forward Campaign in 2013. Layne credits his junior high school band experiences with changing the trajectory of his life. McDaniel says, “Kids’ Orchestra gives our youth a creative outlet that is no longer available in many schools. While providing them with a positive way to express their feelings, Kids’ Orchestra can also help give them a sense of accomplishment. I know the tremendous impact that music has had on my life and the impact that it can have on our youth.”

Layne McDaniel
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