Jammin' out

Festival workshop presenter inspires young trumpet players

By Shondiin Silversmith
Navajo Times

FARMINGTON, Aug. 7, 2014

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(Times photo – Ravonelle Yazzie)

TOP: Aerial performer Andrea Thompson of Albuquerque performs while hanging from silk fabric during the Survival of the First Voices Festival in Farmington.

MIDDLE: Delbert Anderson, left, from the Delbert Anderson Trio, performs with Cameron Abcyta, 16, during his workshop on July 31 in Farmington.

BOTTOM: Winona D. House, Navajo and Oneida, showcases her art pieces at the Survival of the First Voices Festival last Thursday at San Juan College.

Providing young Native Americans with the resources and connections needed to reach higher education and follow their passions was the goal of the Survival of the First Voices Festival at San Juan College.

It did just that for three aspiring trumpet players.

The workshop featuring trumpet player Delbert Anderson from The Delbert Anderson Trio attracted young musicians Elaine Kee, 17, Cameron Abcyta, 16, and Duane Hoskie, 19, from Kirtland, N.M.

"I really enjoyed everything about it," Abcyta said. "He really has helpful advice about becoming a better musician."

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