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Erie Students Learn From School of Swing

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You can learn important life lessons from jazz music.  That's the message of the "School of Swing."  It's an interactive jazz concert for kids, put on by the musicians of MGC Jazz. They're the Grammy winning members of Pittsburgh's famous Manchester Craftsman's Guild, who want kids to love jazz. For over 25 years they've taken their interactive lesson to thousands of kids in the region.  This week, they made their first visit to Erie.

Students from kindergarten through grade 5 from Wayne and McKinley schools were treated to two performances in the East High Auditorium. Executive Producer of MGC Jazz, Marty Ashby says even if they never play music themselves, they can learn plenty just by listening.  "We hope that we inspire them to listen to jazz music and what they'll see is that jazz is the physical embodiment of the golden rule," said Ashby.  "We are all different, we celebrate our diversity our solos, yet the sum is greater than its parts, and if we get that message across, we've done our job."

UPMC Health Plan sponsored the concert.

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