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Music has always been part of the DNA of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. It probably comes down from the days before television and even radio when people in small outports were forced to entertain themselves.

That traditional music is bigger than ever but other genres are gaining increased prominence.

In the last couple of weeks, hundreds of young musicians brought their talents to the stage at music festivals in Corner Brook and Stephenville.

They have been practising hard to hone their talents and got helpful feedback and encouragement from professional adjudicators.

While some of those performances were still fiddles, accordions and folk songs we all recognize, there were performances in more formal instruments that we don’t often get to see and hear.

Also this week, the musicians with Wood Symphony at Corner Brook Regional High took their talents to Carneige Hall in New York, the only band from Canada invited to perform at that world-famous space during this festival.

While much of the applause for that success goes to the students and their teachers, some of the praise should go to a succession of provincial governments.

While many school boards in the U.S. and elsewhere are cutting music classes to save money, it hasn’t come to that sad choice in this province.

While changes have been made and teachers are shared between schools in some places, music is still considered to be important to the all-round development of students in this province.

Bravo! to everyone involved.

Geographic location: Corner Brook, New York, Canada U.S.

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