A magical moment

by Jeffrey Carter

I am in Hot Springs, Arkansas, as an exhibitor at the ARK-MEA gathering of music educators.

This morning, just after 9 a.m., as I was seated at the booth, I heard our National Anthem being intoned by a soprano voice.  I sprang to my feet, put my hand over my heart, and watched other exhibitors do the same thing.

Two short phrases later, a young baritone took over. And after two more phrases, a trumpet . . . and then a flute . . . and then bells . . . and then an electric guitar . . . a violin . . . a banjo!

And then they all joined in harmony for the final “Oh say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

And I grinned and grinned.  These high school students had created a magical moment.

This weary road warrior needed some little jolt today.

Thanks, Arkansas!

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