Guitars donated to Brooklyn school’s music program

Published on August 7, 2014

The Annapolis Valley Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association recently donated eight guitars to the Brooklyn District Elementary School’s growing music program.  (Submitted photo)

Recently, the Annapolis Valley Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association, represented by Brian and Claudette Hazlett and Ryan and Rebecca Dillman, presented an Introduction to Bluegrass Music demonstration at Brooklyn District Elementary School.

Following the demonstration, the representatives presented to the music teacher, Kyle Dunlop, a donation of eight guitars to the school’s music program for their guitar club.

Performing alongside Ryan Dillman, of Tourbrook, who played guitar and banjo, and Brian Hazlett, of Hantsport, on the upright bass, were three children of Garry and  

Margery Parker — 11-year-old Jenny on mandolin and vocals, nine-year-old Garry on guitar and vocals, and eight-year-old Ruth on fiddle and vocals. The Parkers reside in Greenwood.

The Annapolis Valley Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association is located in Berwick, where it holds regular meetings and music jams. It is a non-profit association and funds raised throughout the year go back to the community.

Each year the association holds an annual Spring Tune-Up at the Super 8 hotel in Windsor. It also holds a concert with several bluegrass bands performing at the Windsor Legion.  The hotel is sold out each year for this event, which attracts several hundred people.