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PSO visits Poarch boys, girls club

Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Violinist Allison Giltinan (right) helps Fred Barnhill play the violin during the camp at the Poarch Creek Indian Boys and Girls Club. Bottom: Students listen to a brass selection. | Andrew Garner/The Atmore Advance

Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Violinist Allison Giltinan (right) helps Fred Barnhill play the violin during the camp at the Poarch Creek Indian Boys and Girls Club. Bottom: Students listen to a brass selection. | Andrew Garner/The Atmore Advance

Bringing music in the community.

That’s what members of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra did last week at the Poarch Creek Indians Boys and Girls club.

Throughout the day on Wednesday, instrumentalists from the PSO gave small performances and allowed the boys and girls to go through a “musical petting zoo,” where each were given the opportunity to learn and play different instruments.

PSO Executive Director Bret Barrow said the camp catered to kids in grades K-6.

Each age group learned about the different sections that make up an orchestra, including the brass, woodwinds, percussion, strings, etc.

“Arlene Mack (of PCI) came to us a couple months ago after one of our concerts,” Barrow said.

Barrow said playing and introducing kids to music is the main goal for the group from PSO.

“We hope that this shows them that they can do this, whether it be in a band or school orchestra,” he said. “This is all about bringing music in the community.”

During each of the performances, different orchestra sections played music for the kids.

In the older group’s session, the orchestra played hits from the popular movies “Frozen,” and “Star Wars” in another.