Schools rock band takes to the road

Children taking their musical talent out of school to entertain the local community are receiving positive support from their South Kesteven District Councillor.

Market and West Deeping Councillor Ashley Baxter has donated a £300 Ward Member Grant to help the Joint Schools Rock Band's continued success.

It involves youngsters from several primary schools in the area getting together for regular rehearsals ahead of public performances around their patch.

Director of Music at Deeping St James Community Primary School, Sarah Young, said: "We've created a joint schools rock band here, involving seven local primary schools.

"Children from each school come and rehearse here at Deeping St James every two weeks and then go out into the community to perform.

"Their recent event was the Deepings Christmas Market where they played a number of seasonal favourites including Run Run Rudolph and Jingle Bells.

"When they come back to school in January after the break, they will be starting their summer programme ahead of the Deeping St James Rose and Sweet Pea Show, and they will also be touring all their school to perform, too."

The children play guitars, keyboards and drums to support their vocals, and the Ward Member Grant will help pay for musical equipment. The school PTA has already donated £500 towards equipment this year.

Cllr Baxter said: "The band is going from strength to strength and has received plenty of plaudits from its performances so far.

"It's a pleasure to be able to help a project like this, which is great for socialising and making new friends between the schools as well as the children having fun while making their music."

As well as Deeping St James Community Primary School, the other schools involved are Linchfield Community Primary School, Market Deeping Community Primary School, William Hildyard Church of England Primary, Baston C of E Primary, Langtoft Primary School and St George's Church of England Primary School in Stamford.

2 - Cllr Ashley Baxter with youngsters at Deeping St James Community Pri...

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