U.S. Army Materiel Command Band takes music education to schools

By Megan Gully
Army Materiel Command Public Affairs

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The Arsenal Brass Quintet members give marching lessons to a group of first graders from Madison County Elementary.
In five schools across the Tennessee Valley, students will receive a special lesson in music education.

As a part of Music in Our Schools month, the Army Materiel Command (AMC) Band kicked off their campaign at Madison County Elementary, March 25. The Arsenal Brass Quintet performed for the students and taught lessons in marching, their different instruments and teamwork.

“When we play individually our instruments have their own sound, but what makes it really cool is when we work as a team, the song comes together and we can make beautiful music,” Staff Sgt. Jeremy Morrison, a trumpet player with the AMC Band, said.

The Friday afternoon performance was a positive behavior incentive for more than 100 kindergartners through eighth-graders. Students who followed the school’s three R’s of respect, responsibility and resourcefulness, were able to get out of class and enjoy the band’s performance, Principal Amy Mason said.

“We are really excited to have the AMC Band bring music education into the school,” Mason said. “We are always looking for more exposure in arts education for the students, and this is perfect since they are just so excited to see an Army band perform.”

The band played a mix of patriotic music and pop culture songs, including the crowd favorite, the main theme to “Star Wars.”

“I loved it, ‘Stars Wars’ was the best song they played,” Keelie Randles, a sixth-grader, said.

Classmate Ethan Lamb’s favorite part was when the band demonstrated different tools they could use with their instruments to create new sounds.

“I thought it was so funny that he used a plunger in his trumpet,” Lamb said. “I never knew it could be an instrument.”

Music in Our Schools month typically falls in March, but due to spring breaks the band is visiting schools in April. Upcoming performances include April 8 at Ridgecrest Elementary, April 11 at Creekside Elementary, April 13 at McDonnell Elementary and April 19 at Huntsville High School.

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