When the Monumental Brass Quintet of Washington, DC, arrived at St. Michaels and Cambridge-South Dorchester High Schools’ auditoriums to play for a combined 600 elementary school students, excitement filled the room. Children were having a hard time not swaying in their seats as the familiar Ragtime and classical pieces were played. Chesapeake Music’s YouthReach sponsors these programs in an effort to reach as large a number of schoolchildren as possible.

The purpose of the YouthReach concerts over the years has been to feature world-class musicians demonstrating and discussing their instruments and their music in a child-friendly concert. According to Don Buxton, CM Executive Director, “The longer-term goal of the program is to awaken young people’s interest in, and ultimately their love for, the classical music art form.”