'Pick and Bow'

“Pick and Bow” student musicians and instructors at May Valley Elementary School include Stephanie May Rose, Sam Gleaves, Kynli Jarrell, Barrett Williams, Melanie Turner, James Hall and Meghan Bryant, pictured left to right in the back row, and Kailyn Akers, Breanna Anderson and Emma Gillman, pictured left to right in the front. 

Students from across Floyd County have been learning traditional mountain music as part of the Pick and Bow after-school music program. The program is hosted by May Valley Elementary School and sponsored by Hindman Settlement School. 

“Since October 2018, music lessons have been offered each week that give students the opportunity to learn the fiddle, banjo, mandolin or guitar. Students have also experienced the fun of old time square dancing with a live band and dance caller,” the Hindman Settlement School said in a statement. 

The “Pick and Bow” students are ready to give their first concert, which will be held Thursday, May 16, at 5:30 p.m. in the gym at May Valley. The concert is free and open to the public. 

Instructors Melanie Turner, Meghan Bryant and Sam Gleaves will support their students and perform at the concert as well.

“I am so proud of the progress that all of our music students have made and I know they will give a great concert,” said Gleaves, Pick and Bow program coordinator. “Musicians Meghan Bryant, Melanie Turner and Stephanie May Rose have done an expert job of teaching and encouraging these young artists. Our partners at May Valley Elementary, Sharon Collins, Brandi Fitzpatrick, Kathy Shepherd and Kevin O’Quinn, have been so supportive and wonderful to work with.”

He encourages residents to support the students and “give them a hand” at the concert.

The Pick and Bow after-school music program, funded by a South Arts and the International Bluegrass Music Association, is open to any student in second grade or above. There is no cost to participate and rental instruments are available. For more information, call Hindman Settlement School at, (606) 785-5475, or e-mail Gleaves at,. sgleaves@hindmansettlement.org

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