Strings added to band program

Published: Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 05:54 PM.

It takes patience.

“We started out with plucking strings and then went onward to windshield wipers and actually placing the bow on the strings,” Thayer said. “The little people are actually playing notes. They are playing songs that are just on open strings whereas the older students are placing fingers on those strings. They are starting to get songs coming out.”

These are sounds that should be considered diamonds in the rough, she said.

“I love teaching little people and what makes it exciting is that even if they don’t have the most beautiful sound coming out of their instrument, the light in their eyes is the reason I’m here,” Thayer said.

Thayer is hoping to join the strings with the wind instruments this year for a performance.

“I’d like to have a full school ensemble hopefully before the end of the school year,” she said. “I’d have to do a lot of transposition for the parts so that everybody is playing in the correct key at the same time.”

The school has a lot of brass and woodwind instruments that they are able to lend out to students, which increases participation.

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