RentalInstrument.Com has been providing students throughout Fairfield County with band and orchestra instruments since 2004. The company has locations in Westport, Greenwich, and New York, and Sunday marked the grand opening of its Norwalk location.
“This is our corporate location/service center; that’s where all the instruments will be gathered here for repair and service,” says Ken Kuo, founder and president of Rental Instrument.
The celebration kicked off with a check presentation to Norwalk’s Mayor and Superintendent of Schools. In support of music education, Kuo donated a $100,000 voucher to the City of Norwalk for rental instruments and repairs.
“Children are too young to know the hardship that prevents them from getting an education, a music education,” says Kuo.
“No kid who wants an instrument in this system should not be able to get one,” says Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia. “And between our budget and his contributions, we’re gonna make sure that happens.”
“Every time that a child walks to our premises, I see them walk away with a smile on their face while they carry a violin or they carry a cello or they’re holding a big base or a trombone; and I want to make sure that every singe child, whether they could afford it or they can’t, all walk away with that same smile,” Kuo says.
Kou says he hopes the new Norwalk location at 547 Main Ave will soon become more than just a repair center.
“We are hoping that in a year or two we will start making instruments right here in this beautiful property here and inside every instrument that we make, it will say made in Norwalk, Connecticut,” says Kuo.
“They always say that America, we don’t make things anymore, so anytime we can have an industry and to make something so beautiful that is going to bring so much joy, we get the benefit of everything,” says Moccia. “We get people that have jobs and the product they make is going to bring joy to thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of people.”
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Ken Kuo is also the founder and president of the Connecticut School of Music, located in Westport and Greenwich. He also is the creator of the Connecticut Musical Artists Foundation, a nonprofit organization that assists students with musical and financial needs