Strings for Success heading to Washington D.C.

Updated: 03/27/2014 6:43 PM
Created: 03/27/2014 4:12 PM WHEC.com
By: Janet Lomax

Dreams can come true, just ask the members of Strings for Success. In two weeks, 40 young violinists from Dr. Charles T. Lunsford School No. 19 will pack up their violins, board a bus and head to Washington D.C.  It is a whirlwind trip that includes two performances: one at the FDR Memorial; the other at the Capitol Visitors' Center. They're also going to do some sightseeing, including a self-guided tour of the White House.  

Dr. Patty Yarmel, co-founder of Strings for Success, said, "We will be there Wednesday through Friday. We know we will be very tired by the time we hit the  hotel beds at night."

But there is still one invitation they're still trying to snag: a chance to perform inside the White House.

Dr. Yarmel said, "As of yet, we don't have a performance, but we'll have our violins on the bus hoping and dreaming and have OUR fingers crossed that we will be asked to play there."

It's not like they haven't tried getting the attention of the White House, in particular the very health conscious First Lady.


Dr. Yarmel said, "We made an exercise video and on this video, we have students playing violins making moves and we have a couple of us playing violin and playing hula hoop at the same time."

They hope the dedication of these young violinists will earn them an audience.

For instance 5th grader Rachel Gayle takes violin lessons at school, private classes on Saturdays and practices 30 minutes every day.  We asked what she and her classmates are saying about their road trip.

Gayle said, "How it's going to be fun and who's going to get the better seat on the bus."

What are the adults saying?

Dr. Yarmel said, "It is going to be extraordinary. I think it will be life changing for our students."

Strings for Success is a Center for Youth community-school partnership program. Major fund raising and family support is making the trip possible.

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