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The Humboldt Park Extended Day program provided two elementary schools in the Chicago Public School system with 60-90 minutes of music instruction after school, four days a week. Students take advantage of both large ensemble and sectional instruction. In addition, the program intended to strenthen the Humboldt Park community. The program provided a challenging and inspiring afterschool alternative for hundreds of at-risk youth at Nixon and Lafayette Schools, and served a critical need for Chicago children who would have had little or no access to music training.


At Nixon School, Merit supported a 77 piece band. At Lafayette School, Merit supported a 66 piece band and a 10 person guitar ensemble. Students demonstrated the excellence of their training to parents, friends, and other members of their community through concerts at their schools and through a performance on-stage at Chicago's Symphony Center (home of Chicago Symphony Orchestra). All concerts were well attended and parents were extremely enthusiastic about the program.

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Duffie A. Adelson, Executive Director
Humboldt Park Extended Day Program
47 West Polk Street, Suite M3
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312.786.9428

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