Telling His Story

Cultural Heritage Programs

By Shelly Bailey

WyattBailey_PickandBow_Winter2016From a very young age, my son Wyatt has always been interested in music and learning to play different instruments. When Wyatt heard about the new opportunity coming to his school where he could learn to play old-time music on traditional instruments through Hindman Settlement School’s Pick & Bow program, he was immediately interested and enrolled in a class to learn how to play the banjo. As he told me, “when I first picked up the banjo, I felt like I had a new story to tell.” After that first lesson, he was hooked. Each week, he looks forward to the one-on-one time he receives with his instructor and learning more about the instrument and sharing his music with others. His father and I are so appreciative to Hindman Settlement School for giving our son a new opportunity to express himself through music and for sharing Appalachian culture with him so he can share it with others.

“When I first picked up the banjo, I felt like I had a new story to tell.”