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    Filed at 11:09 am under by dcobranchi

    The local Gannett paper today is running a nice feature about the Home School Bands of Southern New Jersey, of which Alex was a member for five years:

    But what happens in the basement of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on the White Horse Pike every Monday is no ordinary scholastic band rehearsal. This is the practice space of the Home School Bands of Southern New Jersey — a group made up entirely of children who are home schooled.

    What began seven years with just 15 students — including some who had never even picked up an instrument — has evolved into a 50-member group that has performed concerts, produced two CDs and will take part in a competition this spring.

    The band is believed to be one of just two in the state and only a handful in the country. There is a new Central Jersey home-school band in Lawrenceville, and an intergenerational home-school orchestra practices in Bellmawr with home-schooled children and senior citizens.

    I’m not sure if it’s as rare as that — I found links to similar groups in four or five states on just the first page of a Google search — but I agree we’ll see even more of these kinds of groups as time goes on.

    2 Responses to “HOME-GROWN HARMONIES”

    Comment by
    March 22nd, 2005
    at 1:08 pm

    The numbers the reporter came up with for how many homeschoolers there are in the three local counties are just laughable. I know practically that many personally, so the actual numbers must be much, much higher.

    Other than that, it was a nice article. Alex will be disappointed to miss this year’s trip to Dorney Park.

    Comment by
    March 23rd, 2005
    at 8:33 am

    I know that University of Memphis sponsors a homeschool band that some of our e-quaintances are part of.