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Panama City Youth Orchestra performs to lift spirits in the community

Panama City Youth Orchestra plays for people in the community to keep their spirits lifted...
Panama City Youth Orchestra plays for people in the community to keep their spirits lifted after Hurricane Michael. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: Jun. 14, 2019 at 10:30 PM CDT
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Many will tell you that music brings people together. Friday the Panama City Youth Orchestra played violins and other instruments to help locals keep spirits up during this tough time.

"I absolutely love it, to see the smile on people and see the joy that all musicians bring," said Violinist Alison Strunk.

Many of the students in the ensemble were displaced by Hurricane Michael and they lost their practice space.

"A great majority of them are still living in RVs, campers, and yet they find time to practice. They find time to commit to this ensemble and show up every day eager and prepared," said Panama City Youth Orchestra Conductor Cody Smith.

Students like Strunk said even though they've faced many challenges since the storm, it was important for them to come back together.

"It's such excitement and we love being with one another and learning new things through music," said Strunk.

Strunk said she hopes their performance lift spirits in the community.

"The musician's job is to bring help to people and to give them something to look forward to. I hope everyone sees help and that we can minister to them in that way," said Strunk.

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