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Home-schooled students hold recital at church

February 19, 2000|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

With about 100 friends and family in attendance, a group of Tri-State area home school students put on a recital, choir and band concert Saturday night.

It was the first student concert for the SonLight Support Group, a group of about 90 families who home-school their children. About 40 children, most between the ages of 8 and 13, rehearsed since late October in preparation for Saturday's concert, which was held at the Maranatha Brethren Church in Hagerstown.

The music program was started and organized by Sheryl Deike of Hagerstown.

"With the home schooling I thought maybe there's a need for a choir and band. I enjoyed them when I was in school," she said.

Deike, who had two children perform in the concert, said the choir and band performances showed the value and importance of teamwork.

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"In math class it doesn't matter if one kid gets a 50 and another a 100, but in band you all have to work together," she said.

"Because we have home school, this gives them a chance to learn (music) theory and composition," said Tammy Miller, of Clear Spring, whose two daughters sang in the concert.

For many of the students, the music and concert preparations were just fun.

"The kids really enjoyed the practices and playing," said Richard Heller of Boonsboro, who had a son and daughter in the performance.

"I like the singing because that's a real hobby of mine," said 11-year-old Brittany Miller.

Her 9-year-old sister, Alexis, liked the concert just because "it's fun."

Andy Morgan, a 13-year-old trumpet player from Sharpsburg, said, "I like being able to play with people my own age."

Heidi Portner, 16, of Hagerstown, said she liked the music program because she "got to make new friends."

The choir and band is scheduled to perform a concert of patriotic music Thursday, May 25, at 7 p.m.

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