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The Gastineau Strummers consists of Patrick Murphy's third, fourth and fifth-grade music students at Gastineau Elementary.
The Gastineau Strummers 041509 AE 2 CCW Staff Writer The Gastineau Strummers consists of Patrick Murphy's third, fourth and fifth-grade music students at Gastineau Elementary.

Photo By Libby Sterling

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Story last updated at 4/15/2009 - 11:03 am

The Gastineau Strummers

The Gastineau Strummers consists of Patrick Murphy's third, fourth and fifth-grade music students at Gastineau Elementary.

Murphy and the Strummers hold a sing-along at school every Friday where the whole school gathers together start the day in song. Their festival set will be similar, Murphy said.

"This year, I want to take this sing-along thing across the bridge and do it just like we do (at school)," Murphy said.

Murphy said his goal with the sing-along is to introduce a large library of songs for the students to bring with them throughout their lives.

"One of the things we're really trying to build up is that everybody, from the little ones to the 5th graders, has this group of songs that we know and can sing together," Murphy said.

The Strummers hold the festival record for number of guitars on stage at once. In 2008, there were 32. This year, Murphy has invited all of his students to play and has also asked their friends and family members to sing along from the audience. He said he expects anywhere between eight and fifty students to perform.

The Strummers will perform at 12 p.m. on Saturday.


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