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Save The Music was thrilled to have principal clarinetist of the Phoenix Symphony, Alexander Laing, at Desert Thunder School to present a very special master class to the band students. He started off with a demo of his instrument.

He then gave a few students a lesson on conducting, teaching them a simple technique to remember the hand movements.

The new student conductors had a chance to show off their skills!

Some brave students volunteered to play a duet in front of the class, and Mr. Laing joined to make a trio!

Superintendent, Dr. Betsy Hargrove sent a special message to us during the class, “He has NO idea how amazing he is with kids!! Thank you so much for bringing him here!!! He is making me tear up!!”

Thank you to the A. Wallace Denny Fund for Music Education at the Arizona Community Foundation and the John F. Long Foundation for making this Core Band Grant possible!