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Ellsworth Music to hold Make Music Day

June 19, 2019
Toni Milbourne - For the Chronicle , Shepherdstown Chronicle

RANSON -- Ellsworth Music is gearing up to join in the global Make Music Day on June 21, an annual event focusing on making music on the longest day of the year. The day is part of the international Fete de la Musique, taking place in more than 1,000 cities and across 120 countries.

"I love that Make Music Day is a global event," said Ellsworth staffer Tasia Holmes. "People young and old, beginner and advanced come together and make music. Seriously, what could be cooler than that?"

The business in Ranson joins more than 80 U.S. cities organizing together for the day-long musical free-for-all. Different locations celebrate in different ways. Ellsworth will offer a Folk Jam and Ukulele Circle. The School of Music will also host an Instrument Petting Zoo during the day, where participants can try out playing instruments they haven't played before.

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"We feel that music is one of the main uniting activities in any community," said Brian Ellsworth. "Ellsworth Music has always considered it's mission to extend that benefit to any and all people."

Make Music Day will provide that opportunity as community members are welcome to come to the store at Potomac Marketplace, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everyone, from professional musicians to those who have no idea how to play an instrument, are all encouraged to come join in the fun.

Participants don't need to own an instrument to come take part, because they can use Ellsworth Music's instruments. And for those who'd like to purchase an instrument after their experimentation, Ellsworth will include a complementary guitar or ukulele book and offer valuable discounts.

Ellsworth School of Music believes playing an instrument builds self-esteem, confidence and gives a sense of accomplishment. They recognize that everyone has the ability to learn and enjoy playing a musical instrument.

"We hope to provide events in the community that helps build relationships and bridge gaps that people face," Ellsworth said. "Music has the power to heal. Music has been shown to strengthen social connectivity, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, stimulate memory and is integral to a well-rounded, enjoyable life."

Ellsworth Music offers lessons for aspiring musicians of all ages, and hosts recitals throughout the year. In addition, they have have a store stocked with instruments and music, provide low cost instrument repairs with quick turnarounds and offer an instrument rental program, which makes it possible Jefferson County students to participate in band and other instrumental groups at a reasonable cost.

"Ellsworth School of Music is so lucky to have the community we do. They welcome an event like this," Holmes said, mentioning the special day will celebrate the community's musicians and businesses.

Make Music Day is presented by the NAMM Foundation, and coordinated by the Make Music Alliance. For more information, visit www.makemusicday.org.

To contact Ellsworth Music, visit at 217-6 Oak Lee Drive in Ranson or call 304-728-7060.

 
 
 

 

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