Florida foster care kid turns to music to help him move on from past

Published On: May 20 2013 07:55:40 AM HST

Tyler Morrison is a gifted musician.

He's set to graduate from the Dreyfoos School of the Arts on Tuesday. Given what his life has been like so far, graduating is quite an accomplishment.

"My mom and I had a lot of trouble growing up," Morrison said. "We were close but we struggled."

Morrison's mother left him when he was only 13. He was dropped off at the Boca Raton Police Department and placed into foster care.

"It's definitely scary not to know where you're going to live, not to know where you're going to get your next meal," he said.

For five years, Morrison bounced from residence to residence. He never stayed long and never found a home.

"You didn't have any kind of loving parents to cling on to and help and were available to take care of you," he said.

His only escape was Dreyfoos, where he has flourished as an oboe player. As things went from bad to worse, Morrison immersed himself in art.

"Through all of the placements and everything that's changed, foster care, the one thing that stayed the same, the only thing that stayed the same, was music," he said.

Morrison's talent and valiant struggle have captured the attention of many organizations in South Florida. He was invited to play with the Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches, which also granted him a scholarship for college.

Plenty of individuals have also stepped up, offering him a place to stay and donations for education.

But it hasn't been enough. Morrison leaves next week for the University of Illinois to study music with one of the world's greatest oboe players. Morrison isn't sure how he will pay for it.

If you'd like to help, you can to Morrison's education fund. The fund is set up at:


605 North Olive Ave.

West Palm Beach, Fla. 33401

You can make checks payable to "Tyler Morrison College Fund."


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