Music teaches tolerance to Volney students


Volney Elementary students had a rockin’ good time during a recent “Promoting Tolerance Thru Music” performance at the school.
 
Johnny Bletch, drummer for local band Frostbit Blue, and Jim Eckert, lead guitar player for local band Jolly Roger, teamed up to teach Volney students that if you give something new – such as music, friends or school work- a chance, that one new thing could possibly change your life. The pair played rock, blues, country, jazz, Latin, funk and reggae music styles as students cheered, swayed and clapped to the beats.
 
The program taught students to be open-minded about things or people they are not familiar with, which served as an encouraging message about tolerance, the school’s character education trait for the month of June.
 
Several students rocked out with their air guitars and slick dance moves. They also cheered on peer Noah Stock, a fourth-grader who was a featured guest on Bletch’s drum set. Stock has been a percussion student of Bletch’s for two years and showed his classmates that hard work can pay off.
 
Another special guest appearance was made by event emcee and sixth-grade teacher Bill Cahill, who played a baseline beat for one song with Bletch and Eckert.


Volney fourth-grader Noah Stock, center, enjoys a moment with
Jolly Roger lead guitarist Jim Eckert, left, and Frostbit Blue
drummer Johnny Bletch, right, after Stock performed on stage in
front of his peers during a recent music assembly.