One in every 14 children in the U.S. has a parent in prison. These children are 70% more likely than other children and youth to be involved in juvenile or adult corrections themselves.


Children who participate in music have a dropout rate 5x lower as compared with their peers and are 3x more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree.


As children succeed our communities will become safer, our culture will be preserved and uplifted, and our tax dollars will be redirected from incarcerating people to building a better society. The average cost of child incarceration: $148k/ year/ child.

“May none of our children ever call a prison cell home”

Music transforms children’s lives, placing them on a course towards success.

SWAN students learn to be disciplined, to work as a team, and to develop confidence. Through ensemble training children experience the power and joy of creating music together. They develop positive group identities and skills which help them excel in school and beyond.

Serving the community through performances enables students to experience the joy of giving and the value of caring for others. It encourages them to make positive life choices and to impact their communities for good.

We are supported mainly through individuals and foundations. Your dollars provide instruments and qualified music teachers who can offer life-changing intervention for at-risk children thus improving their lives, our communities, economy, and culture.

“I can sing without being judged.”

Omar, World Music Ensemble 2016



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SWAN Presents Mission at Crime Prevention Summit
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On June 2, 2017, Lancaster’s Crime Prevention Task Force held its inaugural Crime Prevention Summit. The goal was to strengthen and build relationships with agencies whose purpose is to make our communities safer. SWAN had the privilege of both presenting our … Read More

SWAN Students Perform in Maryland
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Millersville University’s Steel Band Provides an Awesome Opportunity
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We want to thank MU STEEL for inviting our students to join them on stage at MEDA’s World Market Night in downtown Lancaster. This unique and exciting ensemble specializing in traditional pan music from Trinidad and Tobago was founded in 2017 … Read More