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May 15, 2014

Musical instruments in the spotlight at LHS

LHS musicians share knowledge with young fans

LONDONDERRY — Why does that timpani rumble the way it does? How does a trombone make different notes by moving that slide back and forth?

Children who love music had a chance to get up close and personal with some musical instruments to see how different sounds were made and to get their questions answered about making all kinds of music.

The Londonderry Music Department hosted its annual Young Peoples’ Concert and “meet the instruments” night May 8 in the high school gym. The night was geared toward the school district’s elementary-aged students, but was attended by all ages.

Children and their families attended the popular event and learned all about different families of instruments. Londonderry student musicians were on hand to answer questions and demonstrate their talents on the flute, alto saxophone, clarinet and drums.

Special selections were then performed by Londonderry’s Symphonic Band, putting the focus on the youngest fans of the drum, clarinet or flute. Some children had a chance to get up and try out their directing talents.

A highlight of the night was a special conducting performance by retiring North Elementary School principal Mary Coltin. She had the opportunity to take up the conductor’s baton and lead the band during special musical selections.

Prior to the concert, a Music Fair was held, a “petting zoo” for all things musical. Children had a chance to see different instruments displayed on tables in the gym. Older band students were available to demonstrate each instrument and explain how they are played.

The Young Peoples’ Concert series was presented by the Londonderry High School Tri-M Music Honor Society.

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