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April 17, 2014

Carl Junction ‘Treble Makers’ to sing at Springfield Cardinals’ stadium

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Next month, 75 Carl Junction sixth-grade students will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Hammons Field before a Springfield Cardinals game.

And with more than 600 parents, family members and other residents planning to attend, the May 3 event has been dubbed “Carl Junction Day.”

The students from the town’s intermediate school are members of an audition choir called the “Treble Makers.”

Music teacher Craig Smith, who also coaches youth baseball in Carl Junction, organized the trip in late January after seeing other local schools sing at the minor league baseball stadium during previous seasons.

“I thought that’d be really neat for us to do,” said Smith, who began working for the district last fall. “It’s been a lot of work, but it’s a great opportunity.”

The sixth-graders practice after school every Tuesday for an hour, rehearsing for the upcoming performance at Hammons Field, as well as songs for future concerts.

“These kids have really gone above and beyond in everything we’ve done,” Smith said. “If you set the expectation high, kids will rise through the expectation.”

Tyne Holt, 12, said she was happy when she heard the group would be singing in Springfield.

“I was kind of nervous for a second but really excited,” Tyne said, adding she has never sang in front of a large crowd before.

However, Tyne said being with a group of students puts her at ease.

Maddie Blackford, 12, said she has learned how to improve her singing skills since becoming a Treble Maker.

Maddie said the group has put a lot of hard work into preparing their performance, and she’s excited about the trip.

“I’m glad our families can go too,” Maddie said.

Smith said students will stop him in the hallway at school and say they can’t wait to go to the game. They also ask if he thinks they will be nervous.

“It’s natural to be a little nervous,” Smith responds.

He said he’s always known he wanted to be a teacher and wants to keep encouraging students to do great work.

“This is just the tip of the iceberg for things they can do through music,” he said.

FUNDRAISER

Tickets were $10 a piece, and of each one sold, $4 was donated to the Carl Junction Intermediate School’s music program.

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