Have you had the pleasure of hearing Putnam City’s Silver Strings? If you had, you’d remember. This ensemble of 65 musicians performs regularly at civic events, school activities, and other community events. They even played at our most recent Wall of Fame Celebration.
Students from all three high schools comprise the Silver Strings which is a neat deal on many levels. Their being able to all play well together doesn’t happen by accident. Our orchestra teachers start in fourth grade with a district-wide curriculum that enables students to build skill upon skill so that they are all playing with the best technique by the time they choose to be part of Silver Strings.
But maybe the neatest thing about the Silver Strings is that they stroll. They STROLL — through the guests at a party, around chairs and tables — while still playing beautifully. They’ll stop and serenade a person or two, then pick right back up where they left off. It’s pretty sweet, and really endearing.
This orchestra does not happen magically; it takes several parent volunteers and a few of our orchestra teachers to execute this program. It also takes donations which pay for music, equipment, and other things needed to bring this orchestra to life.
In order to raise the money, the volunteers host a run each Independence Day, which is coming up on Wednesday. This 5K at Stars and Stripes Park starts at 7 a.m., and you can walk or run. The person in the most patriotic costume will win $100! Learn more and sign up today at www.ssf5k.org.
Putnam City is proud to be a leader in arts education, as exemplified by our recently receiving the Governor’s Arts Award, but we still need the community’s support to keep our arts programs strong. Please consider participating in this fun family event as part of your celebration of freedom each year.