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Fiddler Visits Bismarck Schools

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String students at Horizon Middle School played to a different beat this afternoon with an award winning and Grammy nominated violinist, Fiddlin' Johhny.

Johhny is from Bismarck, and says he wanted to teach students from his hometown how to have fun with their instruments. Students spend the class period learning about Johnny and how to fiddle.

Towards the end of the hour, they got the hang of it. I could tell that a few of the students were really inspired by the music.

To say that Eric and Madelyn like playing their string instruments would be an understatement.

"Playing music is a way to get the stress off your back," says sixth-grader Eric Friedrich. Like my brother and I, we get in fights, obviously because we're brothers, and I just go to my room and play some music. And I forgot what we were fighting about."

Both even said they love to practice. And when John Lardinois, or Fiddlin' Johnny came to teach the students, they learned more than they traditionally do in the classroom.

"No matter when you start, you can actually, like, if you want to you can be as accomplished as you want in music," says John Lardinois, Fiddlin' Johnny. 

"I love the originality in how the music is played. All the double stops. How fast it is. It just, I was fighting the urge to kinda get up and start dancing during the lesson," says sixth-grader Madelyn House.

"I'm gonna tell my brother because he likes to play the cello as well. And he does a little bit of fiddling," says Friedrich.

Having played since he was four years-old, Johnny felt students in his hometown needed to be inspired.

"My cellist friend over here, MaKayla, she went, 'Maddie you started when you were around 4. Maddy. This is who you are.' And I was like sure, maybe I'll go on to be a fiddler," says House.

Both Madelyn and Eric say they're willing to try more fiddling in the future.



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