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Event helps younger band students
learn from older ones
From left, sixth-graders Gavin Merly, Jaylyn Gabrielsen, Kaila Heistuman, and Meeghan Healy got a quick lesson Thursday on the mouthpieces of their French horns from Riverton High School junior Ryan Childers.

Event helps younger band students learn from older ones

Sep 3, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

Annual event helps younger band students learn from older ones.

Musical notes from baritone horns, trumpets, trombones, flutes, clarinets, French horns and saxophones filled the halls of Riverton Middle School as sixth-graders learned about everything from posture and valve oil during "Squeak and Squawk" night Thursday.

RMS music director Zach Tolman coordinated the annual event that takes place at the beginning of every school year.

Riverton High School music students had volunteered to teach the younger students how to handle the different band instruments and demonstrated the different sounds their instruments could make.

Sixth grade is the first year of school band in Fremont County School District 25.

Groups were divided depending on the type of instrument being learned, and the high school students led their own lessons.

More than 100 sixth-graders will be playing new instruments this year, Tolman said.

After their lesson, the sixth-graders will get to teach the peers who were not in attendance Thursday what they learned from the high schoolers.

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