LUMBERTON, MS. (WDAM) - The Lumberton Strings Orchestra is this weeks "Pride of the Pine Belt." Students in this group are in grades seventh through the twelfth and they play a variety of instruments including the violin, viola and cello.
Miranda Davis is a tenth grade member of the orchestra and she plays the viola.
Davis said, "Music is kind of like an escape, it's where you can go where you don't have to worry about anything else. It's just there and you can go very far with it, there are a lot of opportunities that open up with it."
The strings program is currently marking a decade in Lumberton. Mary Ida Ellis started Lumberton strings with a grant of five hundred dollars plus contributions from teachers and the community.
Ellis is still raising money especially for seniors, so they can advance their education. This is done annually by raffling off a quilt made by Ellis's mother.
"And those monies go toward a scholarship fund and our seniors can leave here going to a college of their choice to study what they wish to study with a scholarship of one thousand dollars," said Ellis.
Ellis's passion for music and desire to see her students succeed is something those in the strings orchestra, like seventh grade student Matthan Jenkins, are keenly aware of.
Jenkins said, "Ms. Ellis is pretty awesome. Without her, I wouldn't be where I'm at right now."
The students can play a variety of music like folk, bluegrass, classical and even Celtic.
According to ninth grade student Chloe Holzinger, "I've always loved music, I've always had a passion for music and when I got a chance to play an instrument I took it and I've enjoyed every minute of it."
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