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"Instrument petting zoo" at Camp High Hopes

The "zoo" was meant to teach the campers about musical instruments

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - They blew on horns and banged on drums, but most of all, the campers at Camp High Hopes had fun. Members of the Sioux City Symphony and Ray's Midbell music showed them all sorts of different instruments, from drums to flutes to harps. They showed the campers how to play the instruments, then the campers got their turn. 

"It's really fun, you get to play the instruments, said camper Alyzabeth Lamoureux. "My favorite instrument is the ukulele"

The idea is to present campers with the opportunity to learn and play music in a fun and safe environment. Chris Sawyer is a former teacher who believes musical teachings makes a difference.

"It gives them that outlet it gives them something to belong to," Sawyer said "We teach a lot of team, and a lot of group collaboration, and it's a good bonding experience for everybody."

Lauren Firth is the music leader at camp high hope. She says the benefits of music go beyond simply brightening the campers' minds 

"Music is a stress relief so it's a therapeutic way to experience things they've never done before," said Firth. "And experience new things which is a very good thing to do." 

With this new musical exposure under their belts, the campers are looking forward to more chances to play more instruments in the future.

This is only the second time this event has taken place, but the Symphony and Ray's Midbell are committed to doing the program again very soon.


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