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Long live the Battle of the Bands

Dear Editor:I have been accused of being overly emotional, but I can’t imagine I’m the only parent who had a lump in her throat while watching children of all ages perform in Battle of the Bands last weekend.There was the little girl who sat alone on the stage with her pint-sized guitar and belted out songs like a pro. There was the young man who reminded us of a young Elton John who pounded on his keyboard while singing with abandon. How about that “all girl” electric quintet? It’s amazing how many garage bands there are around here!It’s heartwarming to know that these youngsters are spending time learning and playing music instead of zoning out in front of their television sets! There were kids you could tell had experience performing in front of an audience – they had rock and roll moves and expressions. Then there were the kids that it was obvious were standing in front of an audience and a microphone for the very first time and looked like deer frozen in the headlights. That is until they started singing and playing. Then you could just see them absorb the positive energy from the crowd and “let it rip.” It didn’t matter if they were polished or not.We parents of young performers saw our kids step boldly out of their comfort zones. I applaud again the kids who participated, and I applaud Biff and Dan who did the lions share of organizing the event. Vive la Battle of the Bands!Pat BinghamCarbondale

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