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Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2013 5:45 am

During Tuesday night’s Kyrene School District Governing Board meeting, members met to discuss what has been going on throughout the district.

Each governing board member touched based on the passing of the Maintenance & Operation Override in both the Kyrene School District and the Tempe Union High School District.

Members thanked each individual involved with the committees on getting the word out about the importance of the M&O Override.

As the meeting continued, governing board members were given a small performance by Kyrene de los Niños Elementary School’s new musical club, called Nino’s D.R.U.M. Club.

Students have been involved with the program since the beginning of the school year under the guidance of Cheryl Allen, music teacher at the elementary school.

The students performed two different musical pieces. The first performance, “As I Was Sitting In My Chair,” featured three students playing in an improvisation routine where they played their own solo section. The sound of drums rang throughout the governing board meeting room, as members and attendees listened on throughout the performance.

Their second selection was written for the middle school level, and was a bit of a challenge to completely nail down, but fun for each student.

“Not one of them said, ‘We can’t do this,’ they all said, ‘We can do this and we will do this,’” Allen said about her students.

It seemed as if the students were up for the challenge as their second piece was a faster pace and had different rhythmic sounds.

“I’ve been playing music for 50 years, if I were this good in my first six months of playing I wouldn’t be here right now, I would have made it big,” said governing board member John King.

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