Photos: Making their own music at Forbes

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    Lennon Hurley, 6, of Holyoke, rattles a combination drum and shaker he just made from a soda can and lentils during a workshop with musician and "Make Music!" author Norma Jean Haynes of Florence in the Forbes Library Community Room on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

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    Musician and "Make Music!" author Norma Jean Haynes of Florence leads a group of children in making their own drums and shakers out of soda cans in the Forbes Library Community Room on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

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    Sylvia Neville, 6, of Northampton adds lentils to a soda can to create a percussive instrument during a workshop lead by musician and "Make Music!" author Norma Jean Haynes of Florence in the Forbes Library Community Room on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

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    Sylvia Neville, foreground, of Northampton and Lennon Hurley, left, of Holyoke, both 6, create drums and shakers from soda cans during a workshop with musician and "Make Music!" author Norma Jean Haynes of Florence in the Forbes Library Community Room on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

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    Kaho Saito, 5, of Northampton strikes a xylophone made from loose blocks of wood during a music and craft event with musician and "Make Music!" author Norma Jean Haynes of Florence in the Forbes Library Community Room on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

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    Miles Hurley, 3 1/2, of Holyoke, listens to the lintels rattling inside the shaker he just made in a workshop with musician and "Make Music!" author Norma Jean Haynes of Florence in the Forbes Library Community Room on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

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    Ben Giufre, 3, of Northampton strikes the head of a timpani drum while his mother, Stacy Giufre, left, looks over a book with musician and "Make Music!" author Norma Jean Haynes of Florence in the Forbes Library Community Room on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

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Published: 1/26/2020 8:51:09 AM
Modified: 1/26/2020 8:50:55 AM

NORTHAMPTON – About a dozen kids and adults converged on the Forbes Library Community Room on Saturday to learn how to make their own percussive instruments out of ordinary household objects.  Musician and author Norma Jean Haynes of Florence began by showing them how to make shakers and drums from empty soda cans and lentils – and decorate them –  then she lead the group in a percussive jam session with their creations. Haynes also brought with her examples of many other musical instruments that can be made at home.

Kevin Gutting can be reached at kgutting@gazettenet.com.



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