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Music of the Marianas Association holds two-day music clinic on Tinian

THE Music of the Marianas Association held a music clinic on Thursday and Friday at Tinian Elementary School and Tinian High School for 400 students.

Association president JJ Concepcion said they provided instruction in ukulele and guitar, songwriting and engineering audio. He said they also discussed the history of Chamorro and Carolinian music.

“We had about 100 students for each session,” Concepcion said, adding they held four sessions: two for the elementary school and two for the high school.

He said many of the students are good singers. “Hopefully, we can take it to the next step by getting them into Dandan Marianas.”

Dandan is Chamorro for “to play a musical instrument” or “music” while Dandan Marianas is a website that features local songs and videos from Guam and the CNMI. It is spearheaded by Elijah Reyes, who provides equipment to record music and produce videos.

“He just started recording local artists and did so in order to preserve the music,” Concepcion said.

He said the goal of the music clinic on Tinian was “to get the students out of their shell and expose them to bigger things.”

He added, “There are other things that you can do to advance yourself, and we are here to guide them. We get them on stage and help them gain confidence.”

Concepcion said the want to bring the students to the “concert level.”

“We are still working on it. We are still trying to get them into Dandan Marianas,” he said.

Members of the Music of the Marianas Association who conducted the clinic on Tinian were JJ Concepcion, James Selepeo, Gus Litulumar, Pat Romolor and Alfred Saures.