From left, Karlee Blakely, Javion Lofton, Jakyra Lofton and Mariuna Brown try out a new pre-school music station on the Pilot Club Music Trail in McKee Park in Starkville. A celebration for the new phase of the trail is Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. Photo by: Courtesy photo
November 3, 2012 8:32:27 PM
The Pilot Club of Starkville hosts an opening celebration Saturday, Nov. 10, of the second phase of the Pilot Club Music Trail in Starkville's McKee Park.
A program introducing three new musical instruments will begin at 10 a.m. and will include a Brain Minders puppet show and a musical demonstration on the instruments led by Dr. Bob Damm of Mississippi State University's faculty. Children and adults are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.
Playground versions of an amadinda and a metallophone, along with a pre-school music station, have been installed on the Music Trail, bringing the number of total instruments to six. The instruments are specifically accessible to children with disabilities and may be enjoyed by all children.
The Music Trail project is made possible in part by grants from the Healthy Starkville Committee, Starkville Area Arts Council and the Pilot International Foundation, along with generous donations from the Junior Auxiliary Crown Club 2010-2011, Starkville Civic League, Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club and East Mississippi Lumber Co.
Collaborating partners include the Starkville Parks and Recreation Department, MSU Landscape Architecture, and MSU Music Education Partnerships.
The primary focus of Pilot International is promoting awareness of brain-related disorders and improving the lives of those affected. Research shows that musical activities aid in brain development and help improve intellect.
School groups, Scouts and other similar groups are encouraged to use the Pilot Club Music Trail. Suggestions for organized use are available and Pilot Club members may be enlisted to help with groups visiting the Trail, which is open to the general public daily. For more information, contact the Starkville Parks and Recreation Department at 662-323-2294.