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Army Band provides "Music in our Schools" in Hopewell


The 392nd Army Band of Fort Lee provides music that will make you move, and at times, groove.

Many school children are "grooving" to the band's diverse repertoire this school year.

The band is visiting area schools as part of its "Music in our Schools" program. Band members showcase various instruments, as well as lots of old and new music.

It recently performed at Patrick Copeland Elementary School in Hopewell.

Fourth grade student Chloe Hill loves her music class at school. She says music classes are important.

"Most kids like music and stuff, and they would want to learn when they're older because they might want an instrument to play," said Hill.

This is why the band makes its way to various schools, like Patrick Copeland Elementary, each year - to give young students the opportunity to see that it can be fun and it can be a possible career option in the future.

"We hope that we can show students that music is very important in our day to day lives. It's something that is starting to be under-appreciated and certain programs are being cut throughout the united states and that's unfortunate. So we hope that they can take from this a good sense of appreciation," said band member 1SGT Santos Godineaux.

When it comes to appreciation, student Kenedy Adams has a lot of it for the tuba.

"It really has a loud sound," said Adams.

She gets a kick out of that sound, and the band hopes each child that listens to them this year gets a kick out of something they play. It may encourage them to learn to play it for themselves, and enjoy music for years to come.

The band will perform at five schools in April. When the program ends on April 19, the band will have performed for over 6500 students throughout the community.

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