ROANOKE CITY PUBLIC SCHOOL WINS THE LES PAUL LEGACY CLASS PROJECTDecember 14, 2016 by Les Paul Foundation
FIFTH GRADERS BEAT OUT 26 OTHER SCHOOLS NATIONWIDE IN CELEBRATION OF THE MUSIC PIONEER – LES PAUL
ROANOKE, Va. – December 6, 2016 – A group of students from Roanoke City Public School recently won an award named after music legend Les Paul. The fifth graders were part of a program where they worked to create instruments, and even a song about the legendary music pioneer. The project began with lessons students learned from the book “Les Paul Guitar Wizard.” Reading the book was part of the Les Paul Legacy Class Project. The students were also asked to create their own instruments from broken ones. The students worked collaboratively to create a “vendhar,” an instrument made of a violin body, a ukulele neck and a talking head drum. After creating the instruments, the students then created their own song about Les Paul. Out of 26 schools nationwide, the group won. As the winner, the school will receive thirty Les Paul books plus a Les Paul electric guitar and amplifier.
The program was part of the support from the Les Paul Foundation and VH1 Save the Music Foundation. The story can be seen via WDBJ TV at http://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/Roanoke-City-students-win-Les-Paul-Legacy-Class-Project-Award-405103325.html