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Nash Street headlines SFPE Music Legacy Concert benefitting students and teachers in the Starkville School District.
The band who found its voice in the Starkville School District is returning home to perform the first ever Music Legacy Concert. Nash Street, SSD’s own music legacy, will headline a music celebration presented by the Starkville Foundation for Public Education highlighting the success of the Starkville School District’s music program with a concert on October 9 at 7 pm at the Greensboro Center.
The Nash Street Music Legacy Concert will benefit the SFPE Music Legacy Fund, founded by Nash Street and established by SFPE to provide a student scholarship and teacher grant in the area of music.
“Through our story, we hope to raise enough money so that other students may have the opportunity to pursue their dreams in music,” said Hannah Melby, fiddle player and 2003 graduate of Starkville High School.
True to their Starkville roots, Nash Street credits the Starkville School District with launching their music career. The band was formed 14 years ago as the Goat Ropers, under the direction of Norman Mellin, director of SSD’s strings program.
“It’s wild to think how different my life would be if Mr. Mellin had not decided to get a couple of his students together to play for square dances and civic events around the Starkville area,” said Hannah, original member of Nash Street.
“Nash Street wants to thank Starkville schools for their support of music education,” added Hannah. “This is where future musicians are formed, and it is where they meet their band and orchestral mates, learn to sing harmony, and discover the pleasures of musical creativity.”
“There is no better education than the one I received in the Starkville Public Schools,” said Caroline, mandolin player and 2008 SHS graduate. “My teachers fully prepared me for college, life, and even the music business. Now, when I look from the stage to the crowd in my hometown and see five of my teachers, I know Starkville Public School support goes beyond the classroom.”
“I credit having music as such an important part of my life to the Starkville Public School systems’ eagerness to provide every child with the opportunity to an instrument through the strings program, marching band, and general music class,” said Daniel Hare, bass player and 2005 graduate of Starkville High School. “From the fifth grade through high school graduation, I played music every single day I was in school, and that has made a world of difference in sculpting who I am and what I can do for the rest of my life.”
Nash Street’s homecoming concert will also mark the Starkville premiere of Nash Street’s new music video, “Mississippi Queen.”