Used Band Instrument Collection to Benefit Local Youth

Posted May 11th, 2009 by Rhonda Weithman  Category: Community Interest,




Gary Lyp, Partner
Sheroian Associates, Inc.

Local Eagle Scout hopeful will collect and clean gently used band instruments to benefit Bedford area students in need

May 11, 2009 – Lambertville, MI – With a desire to spread his passion for music to all who have an interest, 16-year old Derek Lyp has devised a way to tie his interests together, benefit local youth and hopefully, in the process, earn the honor of Eagle Scout. On Saturday, May 23, 2009 Lyp will host “Helping Horns” a band instrument collection drive from 10am to 5pm in the Sheroian Associates parking lot located at 3558 Sterns Road (in the Kroger Plaza near Sterns & Secor Roads).

The public is invited to drop off their gently-used band instruments to benefit the effort. Upon collection, the instruments will be cleaned and donated to Bedford local and other area school’s music programs. The intent is to loan the instruments to students who have an interest in music, but do not have the means to purchase or rent an instrument of their own. “I have a love for music that I would like to share,” says high school Junior and Lambertville resident Derek Lyp. “Through my Eagle Scout project, I would like to spread the opportunity for other local kids to develop their talent and enjoy music the way I do.” A member of scouting since 1999, Lyp began as a Cub Scout and advanced to a Boy Scout with Troop 777 in Temperance, MI.

Those interested in donating instruments may drop them off at the designated site on May 23. Pick up is available upon request for those unable to transport the items or attend the event. Donations are tax-deductible, with forms available at the event. For more information call 734-347-5051.

To earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement rank in Scouting, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service, and outdoor skills. The fact that a boy is an Eagle Scout has always carried with it a special significance, not only in Scouting but also as he enters higher education, business or industry, and community service. The award is a performance based achievement whose standards have been well-maintained over the years. Not every boy who joins a Boy Scout troop earns the Eagle Scout rank; only about 5 percent of all Boy Scouts do so. For more information about scouting and a listing of Eagle Scout requirements visit

Interesting facts about scouting include:
– Of the 312 pilots and scientists selected as astronauts since 1959, 180 were Scouts or have been active in Scouting. Of those 180, 40 earned the honor of Eagle Scout.

– Of the 12 men to physically walk on the moon’s surface, 11 were involved in Scouting.

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