Monday, October 30, 2017


Playground versions of three new drums and a set of chimes will be introduced to the community with a ribbon cutting at J. L. King Memorial Park in Starkville on Sunday, November 5, at 2:00 p.m.  The free event is open to the public and will include a demonstration of the instruments by MSU’s Dr. Bob Damm.  There will be an opportunity for everyone to play the instruments and refreshments will be served.  The Pilot Club of Starkville, sponsor of the new instruments, has been planning and fundraising for two years to obtain the instruments.  Major funding has been received from the Pilot International Founders Fund, the Mississippi Arts Commission, SOAR, and the Starkville Area Arts Council.  Generous donations have been received from Bank First, Chalet Framing, Dr. Ava Stegall, East Mississippi Lumber Co., Frank Chiles State Farm, Harvey’s, Jack Forbus State Farm, Kids Therapy Spot, Kiwanis Club of Starkville, Northeast Exterminating, Clark Beverage, SDN, Lynn Spruill, Fay Parker, and Starkville Town and Country Garden Club.  Collaborating agencies include the City of Starkville, Starkville Parks and Recreation, and MSU Music Education Partnerships. The project is a continuation of The Music Trail in McKee Park that The Pilot Club established over the past several years.  The new instruments are part of an ongoing effort to establish Starkville as the “City of Musical Play!”  All instruments in both parks are accessible to those with disabilities.  Adding instruments in a different park makes musical experiences available to those who may not be able to travel across town to McKee Park.  All instruments can be enjoyed by children of all ages including adults!  Research shows that hands-on music experiences benefit the brain in many ways.  The Pilot Club of Starkville, a unit of Pilot International, is a professional civic organization that strives to improve the community and achieve awareness and prevention of brain-related disorders and disabilities.

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