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Ukulele Sensation Inspires Helena

During his stay in Helena, James Hill worked with students from Rossiter Elementary School, Radley Elementary School, Helena High School’s Ukulele Club, and Intermountain Children’s Home. Students and teachers were blown away by his unique approach to teaching ukulele skills, and his rapport with kids of all ages.  Every class left his workshops with new skills that they could quickly apply to improve their playing.

“He really knows how to get our interest. I knew a few chords and thought that was what the ukulele was about. Boy, was I wrong. The ukulele is a HUGE instrument that can do anything.” Kaylee, HHS student

In addition to the school visits, James Hill and Anne Janelle played a recital for residents at Edgewood Senior Living. One resident showed up with his own harmonica. He raised his hand right away and asked the artists if he might be able to play along with them. The artists were clearly a bit thrown, but quickly adjusted and said, “Yes!” They taught everyone a song to sing alongside “When the Saints Go Marching In,” split them into two groups, and had the whole room singing and clapping while the delighted man played his harmonica with them.

Photo credit: Jason O’Neil

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