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MSU offers up a chance to watch Thanksgiving Day Parade from a nice warm spot on Woodward


How would you like to watch America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from warm, prime location on Woodward and, at the same time, help out some Detroit kids who want to learn more about music?

The MSU Community Music School-Detroit is opening its doors on November 24 from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. for “Spartans on Parade for Kids.” The event will raise funds for music students in financial need. The school is located at 3408 Woodward.

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A ticket gets you window views of Woodward Avenue and the parade, a  buffet breakfast, bottomless coffee and hot chocolate, live music performed by the school’s students and faculty, and arts and crafts activities for the kids.

Tickets for this fundraising event are available for advance sale only. Prices are $45 for adults and $25 for children (12 and under). A silent auction will offer items such as restaurant gift certificates, concert tickets and select merchandise.

Distinguished Clown Corps

Clown Corps marches down Woodward

Click here to buy tickets. A portion is tax deductible — $30 adult/$10 child. Limited reserved parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Instructions and a dashboard parking pass will be sent to your email one week in advance of the event.

The Michigan State University Community Music School (CMS) is the outreach arm of the MSU College of Music that brings music education and music therapy to individuals of all ages and abilities in the community.

The Detroit school was opened in the fall of 2009 to serve metro Detroit residents. It offers youth and adult classes in jazz, piano, guitar, group music lessons in wind and string instruments, early childhood music education and summer camps.

“Through music, CMS programs and services have the ability to transform lives,” the school says on its website. “Therapy clients have spoken their first words at CMS. Young music students who were struggling academically have found the confidence and resolve to succeed in school. Other students have found their professional calling at CMS and have gone on to study music at the collegiate level. At CMS, Adults who once felt isolated have found a community and a sense of belonging.”


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