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Young musicians to perform at free Thursday concert

Some of the young musicians performing at the Red Willow Arts Coalition free concert Thursday include (left to right) Jordan Tacker, Alli Prestby, Ali Lyngen, Bobbi Pepoe and Kyle Vander Tuin. (Contributed photo)

The Red Willow Arts Coalition presents the 2012 Young Musicians Night Concert on Thursday, June 14 at 7 p.m. on the lawn at the Douglas County Courthouse in Alexandria. The event is free and open to the pubic.

Performers include:

* Jordan Tacker, 11, a student at New Testament Christian School in Alexandria and a member of the Discovery Middle School band. He started drum lessons at Carlos Music Center a few months ago, but has been around drumming his entire life because his father is a drummer.

*Ali Lyngen, 16, a student at Jefferson High School in Alexandria. She has been playing bass guitar for more than four years and guitar for one year.

* Kyle Vander Tuin just completed 6th grade at Voyager Elementary School in Alexandria. He has been playing guitar for a year and a half.

* Alli Prestby, 11, just finished 6th grade at Woodland Elementary School in Alexandria. She started playing piano at age 5 and guitar and percussion last year. She has accompanied her church band and choir.

* Bobbi Pepoe, 10, attends Carlos Elementary School. She first learned to play the accordion from her grandfather and has been taking lessons for a year.

* Megan and Andrew Goulet, brother and sister from Morris, both take instruction on piano and violin and will perform separately and together.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. In the event of inclement weather, listen to KXRA 1400 AM for cancellation information.

The series is sponsored by Anderson Funeral Home and Elden's Fresh Foods and this concert is sponsored by State Bank and Trust.

The Red Willow Arts Coalition is a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide the community with access to more musical experiences.


June 21: Doc's Dixieland - Dixie/gospel

June 28: Cassie and The Bobs - Patsy Cline

July 5: Mel Lamar Tribute - jazz/variety

July 12: Tina & Lena - musical/comedy

July 19: Matt Velline - jazz guitar/vocal

July26: Skilly & Duff Trio - Irish

Aug 2: The Rockats - classic rock

Aug 9: BZ Girls - pop standards

Aug 16: Tickwood Stringband - old time/fiddle

Aug 23: Jimmy Jenson - vocal/accordion

Aug 30: Pure Country - country