Students exposed to folk music

By Don Benjamin

Students exposed to folk music | Cedaredge Elementary School,

Photo by Don Benjamin The New Christy Minstrels communicate the art of folk music to students and staff at Cedaredge Elementary School.

A musical benefit of last week's concert by The New Christy Minstrels® was a memorable afternoon performance at Cedaredge Elementary School for an audience of 393 students and 40 teachers and staff.

The eight-member folk music ensemble played and sang at the school without charge as part of the continuing work of the New Christy Minstrels Foundation. The foundation trains musicians to communicate the art of folk music through free school concerts presented nationwide. According to the foundation's website, the group seeks to expose younger generations to folk music "that is old-fashioned, which means that the words are very important, the songs memorable."

While visiting Cedaredge last week, Minstrel director Randy Sparks emphasized -- in his irascible way -- that the foundation exists to convince young people that "music is more than something that vibrates your car." The foundation is also building a folk music museum at its headquarters in Leavenworth, Kan. For more visit