Seal Beach Philharmonic Musical Instrument Scavenger Hunt

Pictured are Seal Beach Philharmonic Orchestra member Virginia Fraser and Dr. Andrew Howat. Courtesy picture

Last year, an article published in the local media caught the attention of Dr. Andrew Howat.

Dr. Howat, an associate professor of philosophy at California State University Fullerton, read an article about the Seal Beach Philharmonic Society receiving donated instruments. Andrew was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland. His mother was a music teacher and he learned to play various musical instruments. He played in rock bands throughout his teenage years and currently writes all kinds of music, from solo classical guitar tracks to electronica. When he moved to the United States to join the CSUF faculty, he brought his instruments with him. However, the Cornet he played in the college and high school orchestra remained in his closet. After reading the newspaper article, he decided to contact the Seal Beach Philharmonic and donate the instruments. He believes that “instruments should be played, not sitting in a cupboard”.

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County offers youth education programs each year that reach 160,000 elementary, middle and high school students free of charge. There are 21 committees located throughout Orange County. These award-winning programs are made possible for Los Alamitos Unified students through the Seal Beach Philharmonic Committee. Prior to COVID-19, members volunteered as guides in music programs and held fundraisers throughout the year to make these programs possible. Even in this precarious time of COVID-19, PSOC remains committed to enriching students with virtual youth music education programs. To learn more about the PSOC or to support our fundraisers, visit the website at and click on the top right corner “EDUCATION”.

The Seal Beach Philharmonic Committee continues its Musical Instrument Scavenger Hunt for unused instruments you may have in your closet, attic, or garage. The Committee will refurbish, repair and donate these instruments to students or schools. For more information on how you can donate an instrument, please contact Virginia Fraser by calling 562 596-8591 or emailing [email protected]

Seal Beach Philharmonic Musical Instrument Scavenger Hunt

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