For the second year in a row I had the pleasure of watching and listening the Coeur d’Alene Youth Marimba band perform at the Southeast Washington County Fair. The band is comprised of kids from 4th grade to high school seniors. They learn all their music by ear, most of it is traditional Zimbabwean music, though there’s the occasional cover of something more familiar to American audiences such as Eleanor Rigby.
Both years I’ve seen them perform, the band was having a lot of fun, and demonstrating a lot of skill. I love seeing projects like this which really allow youth room to explore themselves musically.