Back in October, I was summoned by some friends to the Wynnton Arts Academy. A bequest given by some arts lovers was enough to buy violins and hire newly-retired Columbus State University music professors Manuel and Betty Anne Diaz.
Manuel and Betty Anne were going to teach the students who wanted to learn to play violin and form the Wynnton Arts Academy's first String Orchestra.
There were 18 students and they were really eager to learn.
In six short months, the kids have learned how to hold the instrument and bow, how important posture is and how to play simple melodies.
They performed two concerts this morning in the school's auditorium to enthusiastic group of fellow students, teachers, parents and relatives and people from the community.
It's amazing what they have learned in such a short time.
The fifth graders have learned so much that the principal, Nancy Johnson, said middle schools are fighting to enroll them in their orchestras!
Just imagine -- with continued training, these kids will be truly sought after by the time they're ready for high school.
And maybe we'll have the next big star in the violin world come out of a small elementary school in Columbus, Ga.
Wouldn't that be something?