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Zuni Head Start class learns about rockabilly

Near the end of February, a group of children from Zuni Head Start entered a new world, Quintana’s Music Center, where they were introduced to instruments and styles of music.

Rhonda Quintana says the store and Quintana’s Music School have been holding an annual outreach program for Zuni Head Start since 2018, usually in the spring, giving children a chance to experience jazz, country, metal, rockabilly and rock and roll and learn about the different musical instruments used to create it.

There is one class each year.

This year it was held Feb. 28 and featured the music school’s jazz clinic teacher Robert Beasley on the keyboard and Kornell Johns, the school’s sound and guitar tech on guitar. Johns, who also plays rhythm and pedal steel in Dennis Yazzie and the Night Breeze Band, played Elvis’ version of Blue Suede Shoes for the children. Quintana says of all the style selections, it appeared to be their favorite.