WDAY.com

WDAZ: Your Home Team

Published January 08, 2012, 09:06 PM

Students Of All Ages Come Together With Music

The 5th Annual Kenny's Music Student Jam showcased talent from ages 9 to 71. The musicians in training put their nerves aside and performed on stage with a live band in Grand Forks on Sunday. The first performances for many.

The 5th Annual Kenny's Music Student Jam showcased talent from ages 9 to 71. The musicians in training put their nerves aside and performed on stage with a live band in Grand Forks on Sunday. The first performances for many.

When 71 year-old Tom Osowski retired, he turned to music to fill his free time.

"I wanted to play when I was 14. But I just wanted to play, I didn't want to go through the trouble to learn how to play," Osowski said.

He says the guitar lessons have been challenging. But...

"It's been great. I wouldn't trade that time for the world! It's wonderful," Osowski exclaimed.

"And music makes people feel good. You know, other people, and it's a cool thing," Kenny Holweger, owner of Kenny's Music Shoppe, said.

That shared passion for music is what brought everyone together, young and old, nervous and calm.

"I kind of want to back out, but at the same time I'm going to try it and see how it goes," Erik Trusdell, student at Kenny's Music Shoppe, said.

"This time I was a little nervous," Osowski admitted.

Kenny says he puts the student jam on each year because it's an experience his students will never forget.

"It reminds me of when I did it the very first time. I know the feeling of getting up in front of people and getting that applause. Then you get hooked, you know, once you get the applause. And it's just a good feeling of accomplishment," Holweger said.

Twenty-two students performed at the Empire Arts Center Sunday.

Tags: