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Tahoe Truckee School of Music scores hit with winter recital

Maile Ornellas
Special to the Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Students of Tahoe Truckee School of Music performed their Winter Recital to a packed enthusiastic house at the Cottonwood Restaurant the evening of March 25.

Thirty-five young musicians and vocalists, from preschool through middle school, bravely came forward to do their best in performances as doting parents and grandparents, family and friends cheered them on.

"I've been playing at the Cottonwood for years," said Tahoe Truckee School of Music Director Ben Martin, "and it's exciting to have our students play here as well."

The recital proved to be part love fest for children and music, part sing-along, and part talent showcase in an outpouring of support that is uniquely Truckee.

Instructor Jody Sweet patrolled the parking lot to protect youngsters from a bear spotted foraging the trash bin, as vocalist/instructor Emily Tessmer warned parents to bring young children inside and commented to the warm audience, "Community is what makes Truckee so great."

The event affirmed Tahoe Truckee School of Music, founded by Martin in 2009, is fulfilling its mission to inspire and share music in the Tahoe-Truckee area.

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The school offers classes in guitar, violin, ukulele, drums, mandolin, banjo, bass, trumpet, sax, piano, flute and vocal lessons to all ages.

Its teaching staff includes professional musicians, Angele Thibodeau, Sean McAlindin, Ben Martin, Gwendalyn Gilliam, Jody Sweet, Sean Carey, Steve LaBella, Darcy Gibson, Crystal Boutelle, Sam Ravenna, Misuzu Burns, Ellen Flanagan, Mike Adamo, Mark Henasey, Stephanie Fountaine, Kerry Andras, Sean Duerr and Emily Tessmer.

"Our talented instructors excel in their ability to relate and adapt to each individual student," Martin said.

Spring Trimester Session (aligned with local schools) is currently open for enrollment. Classes run March 30 through June 12 on an individual, group and walk in basis.

Summer Session offerings are in 5- and 10-packs, as well as open for drop in. Tahoe Truckee School of Music is currently teaching 125 students with classes at 10038 Meadow Way, Suite E, in Truckee, and at its new location in Tahoe City, in conjunction with the Tahoe Music Institute.

The school also offers Music Together, an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for children 0-5 and their parents and caregivers beginning Saturdays, April 18 to June 20.

A free demo session will be offered Saturday, April 4, at 10 a.m. at 10038 Meadow Way, Suite E.

This Spring Break, April 6-10, the Tahoe Truckee School of Music, in conjunction with InnerRhythms and Tahoe Mountain Martial Arts and Yoga, is offering All Arts Kids Camp for age groups 5-7, 8-10 and 11-13 from 9am to 1 p.m.

Register at Innerrhythms.org. The camp is located at 12047 Donner Pass Road.

Tahoe Truckee School of Music can be contacted by phone 530-587-3274 or email at info@tahoemusic.net. Visit tahoemusic.net to learn more.

Maile Ornellas is a national award winning documentary filmmaker who's taught at UC Berkeley, Solano College and Hue University, Vietnam, as a Fulbright Scholar. She resides in Truckee with her daughter Maia, one of the talented vocalists in the recital and a student of Emily Tessmer.

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Click here to check out a photo gallery from Scott Thompson on the event.