Oklahoma City Thunder drum team member Alton Buggs and other local musicians team up to teach six-week kids summer music program

“Bring Back the Music”
4-8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Urban League, 3900 N. Martin Luther King
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays at ACM@UCO, 25 E. California
through July
$120, scholarships available
627-0847, http://www.bringbackthemusic.org.

Alton Buggs had to travel around the world to get the music experience that will now be offered in the heart of Oklahoma City.

Buggs, a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder drum team and a student at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma, is among the instructors involved in “Bring Back the Music,” a new, six-week program offered to middle school and high school students focusing on music education and production.

Participants will take classes like introduction to hip-hop and sound engineering from students at ACM@UCO and other local music instructors.

“What interested me about this program is working with young, high school-age students that were interested in music, but did not have the resources and would not be able to access that type of equipment and professional software,” Buggs said. “Working with those types of things that at school I am able to access.”

The program’s executive director, Johann Kimbro, said budget limitations have prevented such educational efforts in recent years, but said “Bring Back the Music” will help creative students explore their musical potential.

“These kids aren’t able to flourish, and they don’t have the necessary resources for them to reach their apex of their talent,” he said. “We hope to make instrumentation available to them that they wouldn’t normally get in the traditional public-school setting.”

The program started Monday, but runs through the end of July, with classes from 4-8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Urban League, 3900 N. Martin Luther King, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays at ACM@UCO, 25 E. California.

Registration is $120, but scholarships are available. Kimbro said any child who wants to attend will be able to, no matter the financial circumstance.

For more information, call 627-0847 or visit http://www.bringbackthemusic.org. “Adam Kemp

Gazette staff

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