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Musicians visit elementary schools to perform, recruit new members

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Director Aimee Vining plays drums with the Cougar Musicians during a visit to an elementary school.

Director Aimee Vining plays drums with the Cougar Musicians during a visit to an elementary school.

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Director Aimee Vining plays drums with the Cougar Musicians during a visit to an elementary school.

Alissa Baker, Canyon Chronicle

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     Many musical artists start learning to read music and play an instrument in their school band. Each spring, band director Aimee Vining travels with students to each AJUSD elementary school to perform and try to recruit students learn those things as Cougar Musicians.
     The group made the visits in February.
     Music offers an opportunity to connect with others and become in touch with a more musical side. However, many sixth graders have never played an instrument or don’t realize they would enjoy music. That’s why Vining hopes to encourage the soon-to-be seventh graders.
     “I’m very excited to inspire the fifth and sixth graders to join band and orchestra,” she said. “I hope our presentation has made them more interested in taking music classes. Music is such a fun subject, and we need incoming seventh graders to join our classes.”
     Not to mention, many of the students in band this year lso hope to inspire others and keep the tradition. To them it’s like a happy welcoming to a new family.
     “I was excited to inspire the youngsters because I remember when I had the same experience and that is one of the main reasons I’m still in the music program,” eighth grader Zayden Furnish said.
     Many students who still remember when the band members visited their sixth grade class – it was important to few, but left a mark on many. Furnish hopes the tradition stays the same for many years to come.
     “The best way to attract them is to have students of all (groups) to show that band is for everyone,” he said.

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