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More music, opportunities and success for Neahkahnie schools

On May 13, Manzanita Music Festival is bringing world-renowned guitarist and professor Fareed Haque back to town. Photo: Ron Baldwin

Neahkahnie School District is rising to heights previously unknown for its music program, which has been in place since the mid 1950’s. March 2019 the band placed first in the district. They are continuing the momentum they created last year by making it to the state finals. In 2018, the band went to the finals, placing 5th. They’re on a roll.

The Manzanita Music Festival along with the North Coast Music Project has funded new instruments, workshops, and instrument scholarship programs since 2016. The festival’s success has been a product of bringing together our communities and artists with the goal of improving music education- being a catalyst for bringing more music to our area.

Festival funds that were raised for instrument scholarships last year have improved overall instrument quality and access to instruments for students who need financial assistance through 2020.

Neahkahnie music students.

The impact of combining privately funded efforts with other organizations, both profit and non-profit have made a visible impact on North Tillamook County music education and underlined the importance of remembering the healing power of music to connect, heal, and provide peace for all of us in our world – one that can be very difficult to navigate.

May 13, MMF is bringing world-renowned guitarist and professor Fareed Haque back to Manzanita.  With the MuddNick Foundation’s support, Haque and his band of world-class musicians will first conduct workshops for Neahkahnie Middle and High School Bands. Following will be a concert at the White Clover Grange Hall to benefit the community produced by MMF and the North Coast Music Project.

Haque has been called a modern guitar virtuoso, steeped in classical and jazz traditions. It has been said his unique command of the guitar and different musical styles inspire his musical ventures with tradition and fearless innovation.

Neahkahnie music and choir students receive free admission with an adult, kids under 5 free. Doors at Clover Grange open at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Beer, wine, & appetizers. Tickets $15

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