By providing band and orchestra instruments, and supporting low-income students with music books and lessons, scholarships for summer band camp, relationships with high school mentors, and cultural enrichment opportunities, PING! is making a big difference in the lives of 155 students this year. Our students' parents report that their children have more confidence, and that the lessons they learn about self-discipline and practicing also lead to improved academic outcomes. The kids love to perform with their friends, and to belong to a group within their schools. The board works hard to gather feedback from the families to create a supporting community, with regular informational meetings, special workshops, and outings to hear music in the area.