Instrument Zoo set for Saturday

TUNEFUL TRY-OUT: Sara Vitek plays a tenor saxophone next to a display of instruments that will be available for area residents to try during the Instrument Zoo from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday at Artworks. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

TUNEFUL TRY-OUT: Sara Vitek plays a tenor saxophone next to a display of instruments that will be available for area residents to try during the Instrument Zoo from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday at Artworks. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

BIG RAPIDS — The beautiful melodies of an accomplished musician begin with the squeaks and squawks of a novice. Those less-than-perfect but nevertheless beautiful sounds will fill Artworks on Saturday during the Instrument Zoo.

The event, part of the 2016 Festival of the Arts, will provide area residents the opportunity to try a variety of different musical instruments from 1 to 3 p.m. The Instrument Zoo will be located in the lower level of Artworks in Studio A.

Organized by the Ferris State University chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, a national honorary band fraternity, the goal of the Instrument Zoo is to foster a love of music.

“We want to bring more music to the community and have students getting interested in playing an instrument, said Sara Vitek, Kappa Kappa Psi vice president of programs. “We’ve done similar programs in the past at schools and thought this year would be an exciting time to bring it to more of the community than we can one school at a time.”

Instruments available to try will include the flute, clarinet, trumpet, French horn, saxophone, trombone, tuba, baritone, ukulele, junior guitar and a variety of percussion instruments. The program was designed for fourth- through sixth-graders, but anyone and everyone can come enjoy trying instruments, Vitek said.

“We will have brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi or Ferris students who play instruments at each different instrument station helping kinds make sounds on the instruments,” she added.

Throughout the event — potentially on the hour, although crowd levels will dictate timing — the Ferris students will play as a group in addition to the hands-on interactive activities.

Past activities at schools have been well-received by students, Vitek said, and she hopes the greater community also will enjoy the activity.

“We usually do the program for fifth-graders because they’re just starting to figure out what instrument they might want to play,” she said. “They really enjoy it. They get all excited and enthusiastic and really enjoy the percussion stuff.

“Anyone of any age, the young and young at heart can come on Saturday and learn.”

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Posted by Candy Allan

Candy is the Pioneer's associate editor. She also coordinates the Family & Friends, Religion and Parenting pages. She can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8386 or by e-mail at callan@pioneergroup.com.

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