Welcome to the official page of The Mouthpieces For All Initiative (MPFAI)
28 Donations Since April 2016 (Last Donation Made on April, 2017)
Mission Statement: To furnish musical tools and services to underserved community members with which they may develop a sense of hope, empowerment and self worth through engagement in the performing arts. We hope that our musical offerings may be the key to a new path of personal growth for many deserving recipients.
“Although everyone has the potential to succeed, not everyone is presented with the opportunities to succeed”
- Unknown Source
If you, someone you know, or a music institution may benefit from our assistance, please take a moment to fill out our aid nomination form, thank you.
These are some of the pictures of our very first international donation.
Every philanthropic effort has to start somewhere and we are no different. It was with the help of Terry Warburton and The Warburton Company that we were able to donate twenty brand new trumpet mouthpieces to Iris Vieira in Recife, Brazil. She will serve as the liaison of TMPFAI in Brazil, finding children whose acceptance of our donation will serve as a means to a better life. Thank you to all who worked so hard to make this possible, this is only the beginning of something very special. Please consider making a donation towards our mission to help us change the lives of children all over the world.
The Mouthpiece Is The Key
Our logo is encompassed within the outline of a keyhole. This is because we believe that our musical offerings may serve as a catalyst to transform a child’s life into something limitless and rich with opportunity. We hope that with your assistance, our donations will bring to every child a greater sense of awareness and self worth that may one day serve as the key to a better life.
The gift of empowerment and self worth is most often accompanied by a strengthening of ones morals, opinions and voice. Although we now serve as the mouthpiece for those children without a voice, we hope that through our combined efforts that they will develop the courage to stand and speak not only for themselves, but for other children in need.
MPFAI Would Like To Thank
TMPFAI would like to thank Howard Russell from NYC for donating his beautiful Yamaha trumpet to TMPFAI. His trumpet was donated to Gian Carlo who will be continuing his education in the Dominican Republic, thank you. (June, 2016)
TMPFAI would like to thank Larry Mann for his generous donation of 20 tuba mouthpieces. We at TMPFAI are beyond thrilled to know we have your support. Thank you. (May, 2016)
TMPFAI would like to thank Patrick Lugo (South Florida, tubist) for his donations of four beautiful tuba mouthpieces and valve oils towards our mission. We want you to know that we are working very hard to find children whose acceptance of your donation could prove to be life changing. Thank you. (May, 2016)
TMPFAI would like to thank dean Jon Robertson and the Lynn University Conservatory of Music for your generous support. Your understanding and encouragement of our vision is encouraging beyond words. Thank you. (May, 2016)
TMPFAI would like to thank the Anello family for their generous financial contribution towards our mission, thank you. (April, 2016)
Thank you to Terry Warburton, his wife, and his team at the Warburton Co. for their speedy contribution to the MPFAI. His donation of twenty brand new trumpet mouthpieces will be a monumental start towards our mission. We are tremendously excited that so many will have the opportunity to play on such world class mouthpieces. Thank you. (Feb, 2016)
How It All Began
I have a similar story to many of the children that I am now trying to help. My immediate family and I immigrated to the United States in 1998 in pursuit of a better life. Once here I was by chance placed in the local public schools music program, although the school was free, there were certain expenses that came with being in band. Luckily I did not have to rent a tuba, as the school owned a few of its own. I did however have to purchase my own mouthpiece. Upon returning home that afternoon I told my parents about this unforeseen expense. The band director required all of us to purchase a Helleberg mouthpiece (this is actually the same mouthpiece outlined inside the logo) which at that time cost somewhere around sixty dollars. This amount was enough to cause distress between my parents. I remember my mother sitting me down and explaining to me that if I was not able to find another alternative that I would need to enroll into a less expensive course.
To shorten the story,
I had my first mouthpiece, the required Helleberg, which I still own today, donated to me by the music director. That single act granted me all the privileges that come with collaborating with others to make music. By being in band I was able to make lifelong friends, travel the world, oftentimes free of any cost and to have a constant support group encouraging me to follow my dreams and ambitions, among a thousand other things.
Eventual praises, and words of affirmation towards my music making gave me the confidence to pursue a life of music. That day, my middle school band director gave me much more than a mouthpiece, he gifted me the opportunity to develop a greater self worth and self-empowerment by giving me what I needed to welcome music into my life.
My friends, teachers and colleagues inspired me to pursue higher levels of music making which in turn gave me the necessary skills to continue on to earn a bachelors degree from a private university free of cost. I am now getting my masters’ degree from the Yale School of Music once again free from any financial constraints all because of that initial presentation of opportunity in the form of a mouthpiece.
We cannot say that all children presented with opportunity will instinctively grab it, but we can teach them to see the opportunity and give them the chance to take it.
Please consider making a donation towards our mission, your assistance is essential in changing the lives of children from all around our world.
Help Us Achieve Our Mission!
There are four main ways you can help:
1. Equipment donation
Although all donations will be graciously accepted, we kindly ask that you refer to the items on the 'wish list' to the right for a comprehensive list of items that are the most crucial to our current mission.
(We politely ask that all donations be in working condition, thank you)
Please contact us using the link below to discus equipment donation
2. Financial contribution
The money you donate is vital to the efficient operation of the initiative. Your contribution will aid in scholarship funds, national educational programs, essential instrument repairs, re-plating of used mouthpieces, acquisition of new equipment, and covering shipping costs.
Please click on any of the several 'donate' links on this page to be redirected to a secure donation portal.
3. Volunteering of your skills and talents
If you, or someone you know possess a skill-set that may be beneficial to the initiative please contact me via the contact link below. All volunteers are welcome!
4. By being an ambassador of our initiative
Spread the word! Mention us on facebook, and other social media sites. Help us become visible to others who may be able to help us.
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