Story of school's old violin inspires music lovers to open hearts, donate instruments
Kennedy Elementary music teacher Mary Rasmussen shows fourth-grader Cameron Gramling how to run a bow across a cello's strings. The cello was among instruments donated to the school after a World-Herald story about a mysterious old violin, right. Some thought the 1920s violin might be valuable. So a member of the Noblemen, a group of retirees who volunteer at the school, had it appraised. It was found to have little monetary value but has been priceless in inspiring other gifts of instruments.
Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013 12:00 am
An old violin has become a gift that keeps on giving for Howard Kennedy Elementary School music students and the Noblemen, a group of military retirees who volunteer at the school.
Since a Christmas Day story in The World-Herald about the Noblemen's adventure with a mysterious donated violin, people have given the school a gently used cello and two antique violins in good condition. At least two more violins and a trumpet have been promised. An Omaha Area Youth Orchestra leader and young musician visited Kennedy to play strings with the kids. And a teenage Youth Orchestra member is plotting ways to help the Kennedy kids and other young music students.
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Friday, January 25, 2013 12:00 am.