Music camp participants find their own melody

By Shondiin Silversmith
Navajo Times

WINDOW ROCK, Feb. 13, 2014

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(Times photo and video – Donovan Quintero)

TOP: Music is Medicine video.

MIDDLE: Musician Clayson Benally from the group, Sihasin, shows how Music Is Medicine, Inc, Music Camp participants how to maintain a steady beat Saturday in Window Rock.

BOTTOM: Richie Anderson Jr., left, helps Andrew McClellan, 11, from Fort Defiance, how to play at a higher note on Saturday at the Music Is Medicine Inc, Music Camp at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock.

Armed with drumsticks, guitar picks and microphones the students of the Music is Medicine, Inc. Music Camp rocked out to a song of their own creation.

Students and teachers alike shared the stage at the Navajo Nation Museum as the music camp came to an end late Saturday afternoon.

They ended on a loud note with students singing a line from the song's chorus, "Music is our medicine so all soar free." With roaring vocals, a strong drumbeats and supporting guitar and bass riffs, students of the camp showed what they had learned.

"I was just so impressed with our youth. These guys did an amazing job," Clayson Benally of the band Sihasin said to everyone at the end of the performance.

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