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Music in Schools program winds down as Clambake Festival heats up

COOS BAY, Ore. – Thursday marked the last day for the Music in the Schools program in Coos County.

The fun wrapped up in the Hale's Center at Southwestern Oregon Community College.

Thursday, four members from the High Street Band from Boise, Idaho performed for Lighthouse School and others from Bandon and Coquille.

The program began on Tuesday and brought musical entertainment to three Coos Bay and three North Bend schools.

Organizers say they've put on the program for just under a decade now to show kids they don't have to have a big name to make a living in music.

"Kids don't really get the music program like they used to,” said Clambake Music Festival board member Jim Ring. “The High Street guys are all about the same age as me, and we were immersed in music. And now, they have one program at most of the schools; they have one class and you don't get it until the fifth grade, or even the sixth grade at some of the schools. We really try to just give them a little music history."

The Clambake Music Festival is just warming up, and students get in for $15 the entire weekend thanks to the Youth Music Education Fund.

For a full list of show times and other festival info, visit the Clambake Festival website.

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