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5th Graders Try Out Instruments

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Playing an instrument is a skill that can be developed at any age.

A group of fifth graders get to hear what their future may hold at Wachter Middle School.

"It's that family that band truly is," says David Augustadt, Band Director, Wachter Middle School.

This family at Wachter Middle School is ready to welcome new members.

Fifth graders are all ears as they listen to Wachter and Bismarck High School band students perform.

"I think it's great just to come down and see the potential that band could really be. It's a wonderful feeling to kind of inspire younger people to be in such and awesome extra-curricular activity," says Emilee Lachenmeier, Senior, BHS.

These aspiring young musicians get to fine tune which instrument they want to play with the help of current and retired music teachers.

"It's good for the kids to see too the longevity of band. That it's not just something you do when you're a kid. That it's something that will take you well past retirement and it's a lifelong endeavor and lifelong skill," says Augustadt.

(Nat: "Good! Big breath now and try for a real high one.")

Amiya Almaraz struck the right note with the tuba.

"He kind of taught me like how to hold it and how much better it is when you're sitting up so the instrument kind of doesn't take over you," says Amiya Almaraz, 5th Grader.

The teachers award the students a rating which helps them pick their instrument.

(Nat: "The trumpet," says Charles Burks, 5th Grader. "What other ones did you try?" "I tried the saxophone," says Burks.)

"It had a pretty nice sound to it," says Charles Burks, 5th Grader.

...Music to every musician's ears.

"It's something that I think everybody should take an opportunity to be involved in or at least experience in their communities because it really is a sense of family and it's a sense of just kind of pride in your school," says Lachenmeier.

It's a family that this group of students are already lined up to be a part of.

Augustadt has been teaching band for 10 years and enjoys seeing his students grow as musicians.

He says some of them have even gone on to attend Burklee College of Music.

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