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Pros give students unique music lesson

POSTED September 18, 2012 8:52 p.m.

From exciting classical arrangements, to burning jazz standards, over 400 band Turlock band students were treated to a one-of-a-kind musical experience through The Turlock Concert Association.

Band students from Dennis Earl Elementary, Dutcher Middle School, and Turlock Junior High were among the schools who visited The Snyder Recital Hall at California State University, Stanislaus on Monday morning where musical performers from the Boston Brass gave them a lesson on the importance of music.

“The kids were taught about the importance of practicing their instruments,” said Turlock Concert Association President Donna Pierce.  “Members from the Boston Brass played their instruments and talked about the importance of expanding their musical talents.”

Students were divided into two separate assemblies.  On each assembly, the musicians encouraged the students to develop their musical and artistic abilities.

“The second assembly was more instructional,” added Pierce.  “Musicians demonstrated the sound and chords each instrument made.  The kids were having such a good time that when it came time to ask questions, nearly every hand was up.”

The Turlock Concert Association is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that sponsors world-class entertainment in a superior concert setting at a cost affordable to its subscribers.

“Our organization provides bus transportation to these students because we believe that every child should have the opportunity to expand their abilities through the art of music,” she said.

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