Registration is Saturday for The Sound of Success

May. 01, 2013 @ 05:11 PM

Young people in Sanford who want to learn an instrument — or who want to improve their skills or simply need an activity over the summer — will be able to sign up for a new community band on Saturday.

Raynard Jones, a longtime Lee County resident, is heading up the program that is targeted at people 21 years old or younger, regardless of their musical skill or prior experience. He said this summer, students will learn how to play on a drumline and read drum music, and in the fall the focus will shift to brass and woodwind instruments like trumpets, trombones, saxophones and tubas.

All students who have an instrument or can afford one will be required to provide their own, although Jones said he has enough instruments that anyone who can’t afford one can borrow it for free.

“It’s just a program trying to get young kids a more positive direction through musicianship,” he said.

Registration for the band will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, located at 240 Fields Drive in Sanford. Jones said there will be demonstrations of various instruments, and he’ll be able to answer any questions anyone has about the program, called The Sound of Success, Summer 2013. Registration fee is $10.

Margaret Murchison, who’s helping with the project, said she thinks it will be a good way for young men and women of all ages and backgrounds to come together and be productive.

“(Jones) has always thought that when children have a hobby and enjoy doing things, it’ll keep them out of trouble,” she said.