Opelika Middle School students with special needs to perform at AMEA Conference in Montgomery on Jan. 16

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Opelika Middle School has a newly formed ensemble of special needs drummers call the “OMS Revolution.” They have been invited to perform at the Alabama Music Educators Association Conference (AMEA) in Montgomery this week as a part of the Alabama Special Needs All-Star Ensemble.
The “Revolution” is a group of 20 students with special needs at Opelika Middle School who meet weekly to play music on drums designed by Remo for students with special needs.
“This is a great outlet for these kids to be outside of the regular classroom to have fun and enjoy playing the drums,” said Mike McGlynn, percussion director for OMS and OHS. “We are very excited to have been asked to perform with other students with special needs from across the state at the AMEA Conference.”
OMS Special Needs Instructor Leigh Moore agreed.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students and we are extremely proud of them,” Moore said.
The students began practicing on the drums in August and began learning the music for the performance in October. They will perform on Jan. 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center.
For more information on happenings within the Opelika City Schools system, visit www.opelikaschools.org.

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