Largo High gets a little groove back

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Dan Gross/The Gazette Largo High School music teacher Brandon Felder (left) sits at one of the keyboards recently donated to the school’s music program. At right, senior Caleb Mackey, 18, plays another of the donated keyboards.

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Largo High School music teacher Brandon Felder (left) sits at one of the keyboards recently donated to the school’s music program. At right, senior Caleb Mackey, 18, plays another of the donated keyboards.

One of three Prince George’s public schools to receive pianos from Bowie-based nonprofit

By Sophie Petit – Staff Writer

Largo High School senior Caleb Mackey’s teachers said they can’t keep the 18-year-old out of the music room, where he plays the piano daily when he’s not playing at home. Now the Largo teen can play even more thanks to a local nonprofit that recently donated four pianos to the school.

“Music class is the only class I really like,” said Mackey, who will attend college in Texas next fall to study music in hopes of becoming a record producer and movie score writer. “Everyone can experience and play [the pianos] so I’m really grateful.”

On Aug. 27, members of the Foundation for the Advancement of Music and Education, Inc., a Bowie-based nonprofit devoted to giving all children access to music education, delivered seven pianos — three acoustic pianos and four electric keyboards — to three Prince George’s County public schools. The seven pianos were divided between Oxon Hill High School, Forestville Military Academy and Largo High, said A. Toni Lewis, who founded the nonprofit in 2004. Read More

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