2011 String Fling

It was that time again for the Annual Klein ISD String Fling event. I have been looking forward to this since Kyle picked up his viola! I have been anticipating doing it again since Andrew participated just a few years ago.
Anyway, I digress. The String Fling event is where all the 5th graders in the district who participated in the 5th grade strings program get together and do one single all together concert. This year that is a LOT of kids and a lot of stringed instruments. I believe there were about 600 kids participating in the program this year. The concert took place in the gymnasium at Klein Collins High School.
Since the program only entails two concerts a year, this is the first time that the group has played together in its entirety as the previous concert was only a portion of the kids together. 
The following pictures were snapped during their rehearsal before the official concert.

They recruited high school students to help with getting all the kids playing together and tuned. Kyle is between the two high school boys with their back to us in the picture.

Kyle playing his viola. Kyle is the second from the right.

All the kids listening to instruction. It was crowded with so many kids on the gym floor. The number of kids was unreal to see. It is one thing to hear about the number of kids in the program, it is another to see them all in one place at the same time.

A little bit of the larger picture.

More of the bigger picture. That is a LOT of kids and stringed instruments.

Even more of the 600 kids in 5th strings program during the 2010-2011 school year.

Listening to more instruction.

And more instruction I am sure.

They were very brave. They dismissed all the kids for dinner. They managed to get all 600 kids out of the gymnasium without a single broken instrument!

That is a LOT of stringed instruments.

I hope no one yells, “Fire!”

Yes, I was a total geek and took lots of pictures of all the stringed instruments without the kids. You will notice that the stands were filling up at this point. Amazingly, they managed to get all the kids back into the gymnasium without an incidents with the instruments either! I was impressed.

I just think that they are all so pretty!

I was touched most of all by the music that the children played. I was touched by the skilled at which they played. Just a few short weeks ago they were simply plucking and they were playing with their bows and playing real music. It brought a smile to my face and touched my heart. It reaffirmed that the program was worth the money invested and the time spent. It also assured me that the hours spent trying to get the child to practice were worth it in the end. They pay off! The sounds coming from those uncoordinated children just a few short weeks ago were inviting and delightful tonight. Were they perfect? By no stretch of the imagination, but they have only been playing for a few short months. May they continue to feel the music and learn to love it. May they continue to touch the hearts of their parents and others that they play for…

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