SYCAMORE – Kevin Loitz, a Sycamore High School student and Life Scout with BSA Troop 2810, recently completed his Eagle Scout Project. Kevin collected unwanted or unused band and orchestra instruments to donate to the Sycamore School District Music Department for loan to music students who do not have the financial means to rent or purchase an instrument.
He hoped to collect 10 instruments, but collected 55, including clarinets, violins, flutes, trumpets, cornets, trombones, saxophones, cellos, a French horn, a baritone, a snare drum, a xylophone, a guitar, a dulcimer, a keyboard and an accordion. Kevin worked with Roger Morgan of Roger’s Music in DeKalb to repair more than 15 instruments. He and fellow scouts cleaned, polished and oiled instruments. Kevin spent more than 50 hours to this Eagle service project and enlisted more than 35 volunteers.
"I’ve known some kids that have had to stop playing because of the cost of instrument rentals. Everyone should have the opportunity to be a musician,” he said.