Since 2007, our community of schools, donors, sponsors and volunteers has grown.

From two schools in the first year of our program, we now hold programs in 42 schools in the Jane/Finch and East York areas, as well as in Brampton, Regent Park, St James Town, Scarborough and Oshawa. Volunteers have been helping us at concerts and with fundraisers.  We appreciate the contributions of our corporate and foundation donors and sponsors, as well as generous individuals.








A Successful Summer!
The Hammer Band Summer Jam 2020 was a huge success. Over the 8-week Summer program, we had nearly 200 students participating in online classes and lessons. We also hosted a weekly zoom party where we had 50 students in one virtual session taught by a different Hammer Band teacher each week. In these parties we Read More…
From a Grateful Teacher:
Being one of the fortunate schools and teachers whose students receive violin lessons through The Hammer Band program, I thank you from the bottom of my heart! The Hammer Band, its teachers and its program make a difference to each and every child who is given an opportunity to explore the world from a musical Read More…
A Thankful Parent
Thank you for giving my son the opportunity to learn violin!  He has wanted to play the violin since he was 4 yrs old.  We thought it would pass (like, just a phase) but his interest never waned.  So, this grade 4 year has been ‘a dream come-true’ for him! Thanks for your service and Read More…
From a Parent
The Hammer Band was created from the belief that all kids from all walks of life should be given the opportunity to play music. Teaching music to so many kids is hard work, it is a daunting task. In taking on this challenge, The Hammer Band creates an invaluable contribution to the children in our Read More…
From a Student
When I play the violin I feel like I am in my own peaceful world where nothing is bad and everything is good, where harmony is with us all around. -Garnett Grant, The Hammer Band student
From The Toronto Star
The program engenders “commitment, perseverance, responsiblity” – The Toronto Star, May 5, 2011
Junior School Principal
Thank you Mr. Hammer for making a difference in the lives of our students that will last a lifetime! They are very excited about learning to play the violin and look forward to their weekly lessons. As well as getting hands on musical training, the students are acquiring a variety of learning skills that have Read More…
From a Community-Work Professional
“As Child Protection Workers, we work with families, community agencies, schools and extended families. We see first-hand the importance for children to experience programs like The Hammer Band to improve their self-discipline, stay in school and away from crime. I want to thank you for the difference that The Hammer Band is making in our Read More…
From Families
“I have listened to Sam’s practice and I believe he has improved much from when he first began. Please keep coaching him as this art was meant for him.” – Cary: Sam’s brother “Thank you very much for your continued efforts in forming, teaching, and leading performances with The Hammer Band. Our daughter, Chelsea, has Read More…
From an educator
“Moshe Hammer, whom I have known for several years now, is not only an outstanding musician and violinist, but even more an outstanding human being. His deep humanity enables him to bridge religious,ethnic, and social differences with ease and grace. I could not imagine anyone better qualified to teach young people of all backgrounds about Read More…