As I have told you before, we live in a very musical town. Yes, hard for a gal who can only play the radio, but the Buckaroo’s have taken to it like Charlie Daniel’s to the fiddle.
One of the many wonderful things happening in our town is a program called Music Roots where skilled instructors provide youth from 4th to 8th grade with classes in traditional folk instruments: guitar, banjo, autoharp and fiddle for FREE!!!! Classes are held during the school day to ensure participation and each student is provided a quality instrument. Yes, re-read that. What an amazing thing that our community is doing to pass on the love of music to the next generation.
It is extraordinary, not only is our town and several organizations (including our state park) committed to it, but I have seen people who come into town and stay a few months to play music or even just for a weekend festival and before they leave they buy instruments for these kids, known as their “forever instruments” (I am learning the lingo).
Last night, they had their end of the year concert and the Buckaroo’s music teacher, Mrs. Shay, invited them to be a part of it (they are not old enough for the program yet). Oh, and they have only had lessons for 3 1/2 months. Yes, Mrs. Shay is a brave soul.
So, without further ado, the 4th grade banjo players and the Buckaroos. Little Buckaroo on fiddle and Littlest Buckaroo on clawhammer banjo (they sing the first two verses in case you do not know which ones they are).