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More than child's play with the symphony

Staff reports • Jul 21, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Instead of llamas, ponies and goats, this petting zoo lets kids touch trumpets, drums and a cello.

On Tuesday, members of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra Guild hosted a musical instrument petting zoo at the Johnson City Public Library.

More than 40 children had the chance to hold a brass and woodwind instrument and take a turn at actually playing a percussion or string instrument. The instruments included a trumpet, a trombone, snare drums, a piano, a flute, a violin and a cello.

The event was organized and moderated by orchestra guild member Joyce Dean Garrison. In its three years the petting zoo program has brought instruments and musical education to more than 850 children from local schools.

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