What child doesn’t love a moment to dance, sing, play music and express themselves? HONK NYC believes all children should have the opportunity to enjoy the wonder and magic of live music, which is why we launched our School Program and Educational Initiative. Honk bands present interactive performances & conduct workshops to school children in our New York boroughs as well as museums in the city.

The universal appeal of the HONK! spectacle speaks to NYC kids, true citizens of the world, who come from around the globe. Our goal for all — students and performers alike — is to inspire, teach, and have fun.

Playing in the NYC school system is a terrific opportunity that affords many challenges. Some schools have not had live music programming in over twenty years. These children identify with [Honk bands]. These bands are role models for the kids as they envision the future of what their world can be. Words can not describe the impact the HONK NYC! bands have on these kids’ lives.

– Theresa Westerdahl, Program Coordinator

2017 Schools

HONK NYC! is partnering with the following educational institutes in 2017 to bring music and spectacle to children across New York City.
Our Lady of Good Counsel – Staten Island
PS 16 – Staten Island
Staten Island Children’s Museum

Ebbets Field Middle School – Brooklyn

PS 153 – Bronx

Central Park East 11 – Manhattan

2016 Schools

HONK NYC! is partnering with the following educational and cultural
institutions in 2016 to bring music & spectacle to over 3,000 children
in NYC.
Staten Island Museum
Staten Island Children’s Museum
Maple Street School – Brooklyn
MS 839 – Brooklyn
PS 10 – Brooklyn
PS 153 The Helen Keller School – Bronx
Central Park East 2 – Manhattan
The Lower Eastside Girls Club


Environmental Encroachment from Chicago Illinois @ Maple Street School, Brooklyn
Les Vilains Chicot from Paris, France @ PS 10, Brooklyn
Environmental Encroachment from Chicago Illinois @ Staten Island Community Charter School
New Creations Brass Band from New Orleans @ Central Park East II


In 2014, HONK NYC! visiting artists Radio Kaizman, Les Muses Tanguent, Chaotic Noise Marching Corps, and Pakava It’ met NYC kids for the first time ever at partner institutions P.S. 10, P.S. 130, and Maple Street School.

Os Siderais from Brazil Illinois @ PS 130, Brooklyn
Environmental Encroachment from Chicago Illinois @ Staten Island Community Charter School
Minor Mishap Marching Band from Austin, TX @ Maple Street School


Honk worked with over 2,000 children in Brooklyn and Staten Island schools and in places like the Children’s Museum of the Arts in Manhattan.


The HONK NYC! School Program and Educational Initiative is coordinated by Hungry March Band member Theresa Westerdahl. Special thank you to Lorna Harris, Director of Institutional Advancement and External Affairs at the Staten Island Community Charter School, for working with HONK NYC! to implement and grow this program.