Local School Orchestra one of Largest in the State

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Updated: 5/20/2013 6:44 pm
        If you're a parent you probably know how frustrating it can be sometimes to get your children to practice their instrument.  Well parents in Madison County have a lot to be proud of.

These students start learning in the 5th grade and many continue on through high school.

“Well it’s very gratifying, I started here 38 years ago and we had about 7 students in the high school and now we have about 600 students in the whole district from grades 5 through 12, and typically we have a very low dropout rate” said Orchestra Director Rick Hansen.

In high school the concert orchestra has about 65 students and the symphony orchestra has about 70. Many of these students go on to play in college.

“We have quite a good percentage of kids that if they don’t major in music they end up playing
in music they end up playing in one of the orchestras, BYU-Idaho, Boise State, or wherever they might go” continued Hansen.

55% of the entire student body at Madison High School participate in fine arts programs.

“We just hope to continue to reach out to the students and teach them that there are things
that are not instant gratification, that take time, that take a lot of work and if they’ll put in that work the rewards are amazing” said Hansen.

The next orchestra performance will be on Thursday for the Madison High School graduation at the BYU-Idaho Center.

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