Letter from the Editor: Songs of Memory

By Leslie Moore

Letter from the Editor

The company that owns Sasee, Strand Media Group, also manages a non-profit, Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art. All of us work hard making each year’s event a success, and my duties include making arrangements for and taking musicians into our local schools to do workshops and concerts. I love seeing how talented many of our young people are, and how enthusiastically they respond to the professional artists we bring to our community each year. One of the schools I’ve worked with is Carvers Bay High School, located in a rural area nearly 40 miles inland from Pawleys Island. While many of the music students lack material wealth, they more than make up for it in enthusiasm and incredible musical talent. Led by band director, Floyd Ruffin, both the Carvers Bay Drum Line and Marching Band have won prestigious band competition awards statewide. Last year, I took an award-winning, Julliard-trained group of string musicians to this school and was a little nervous that the young people might not enjoy this particular musical genre, but when the Annie Moses Band started playing…well, the power of music took over and the kids (and I) had a wonderful time listening to and learning more about one of their favorite subjects – music. Some of the students were even given their first violin lesson –bringing on fits of laughter that could be heard throughout the school! This year, while you are enjoying the familiar songs of Aaron Neville or the smooth jazz of Steve Tyrell or any one of the great shows we have planned, you can feel good knowing your ticket or membership helps us bring the beauty and power of the arts to everyone in our community, not just those sitting in the seats around you.

I hope to see you there!

Music is only love looking for words.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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