Local orchestra donates, shares musical talent at Callaway Elementary

CALLAWAY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Members of the Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews, Inc. entertained students at Callaway Elementary Friday afternoon with some of their favorite pop songs.

The non-profit group performed after donating 25 ukuleles to the music program, and before long, students will learn how to read music and play basic chords.

Music Director Emily Nolan is a first-year teacher. She's already accomplishing one of her goals; she knew she wanted to start a ukulele program.

"I'm really grateful for the Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews. The reason I was so adamant about getting ukuleles for the classroom is they make it so easy for kids to be a musician and I feel like that's what we need in a music program," Nolan explained. "You need to give kids an opportunity to hold music in their hands and make it."

The Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews is a non-profit group.

"We accumulate money playing at various venues around Bay County, and as a non-profit, we then that money back into the schools," Secretary Laura Roesch said. "Music is good on so many levels. It's mathematically based. It helps with discipline, focus, and it's fun."