The Woodstock Chimes Fund, the charitable arm of Woodstock Percussion, Inc., makers of Woodstock Chimes and the Woodstock Music Collection, partnered with St. John’s University’s “Discover New York” freshman transition course to bring music to homeless children and their families at Briarwood Family Residence in Jamaica, Queens.

The project, which was led by musician and St. John’s Assistant Professor Dr. Heidi Upton, engaged students and residential clients in musical activities and creative work and helped to foster relationships in an effort to build student understanding of issues surrounding homelessness in the city.

Woodstock donated several kazoos, harmonicas, and literature, in addition to extendeding St. John’s a discount to purchase additional instruments, such as the award-winning Chimalong, a Woodstock Music Collection exclusive product.

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