The Tri State Ukeclectic Orchestra and The Young Yukes presented a wonderful holiday program on Friday, December 21st at the Hancock Performing Arts Center. The festive mood filled the room, as audience members gladly sang along to many of their favorites and even added a few dance moves here and there.
This is the second concert The Young Yukes have performed with The Tri State Ukeclectic Orchestra, since the after school group was formed in September.
The Young Yukes and Uke winner, Dr. Dan Murphy, with Mike of Tri State Ukeclectic Orchestra
Grammy Award Winner, Brad Paisley has been giving the guitar off his back to an audience member during his shows. Brad will pick a child out of the audience and present him or her with a just played Fender Paramount acoustic guitar. Paisley will make his message clear to the young recipient: “Take this guitar and learn how to play it!”
Paisley said he loves the idea of starting a kid down the right path just like his grandfather showed him. “He taught me that learning to play an instrument will greatly enhance your life”
SingBig! Camp at the Ice House in Berkeley Springs is in full swing offering young talent from 10 to 16 the opportunity to receive voice performance tutelage from professional musician and instructor, Joel Newman.
The two week camp provides a group class that encourages all participants to sing with and in front of each other, learning how to sing big with your best voice. Group sings and performance techniques will all be part of this fun-filled camp.
Instructor Joel Newman originally hails from New York City and was born into a musical family. He is widely known in the Hagerstown/Frederick area as a musician and individual teacher. SingBig! continues through August 3rd. Follow here for continual updates.
On Friday, January 12th, we had the pleasure of delivering 28 ukuleles in assorted rainbow colors and 14 tuners to Warm Springs Intermediate School.
The 150+ 4th grade class was told they were having a surprise concert and to report to the gymnasium at 1:00 p.m. Little did they know they were getting a class set of the trendiest instrument to play today! After a short concert by the Tri-State Ukeclectics Orchestra, ukuleles were handed out to the kids and they were taught a few basic chords.
Music teacher Kathy Seager was so excited to finally get these ukuleles, and we were just as excited to give them to her. We’d like to thank her for the teaching she will be doing for these kids. Even though 28 ukuleles were donated, at least 150 students will have access to these instruments and learn basic chords and strums.
Some of the benefits of music instruction for children include learning cooperation skills, learning to share, having improved creativity and concentration and developing good social skills. These are skills which will help a child be more successful with new situations and challenges throughout their life. Here’s to the coming years for WSIS students!