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Wednesday, July 26, 2017 This Week's Paper
Over 50 local music students refuse to leave Tacoma music store

Tonight, over 50 of Pierce County's most tenacious young musicians are refusing to leave a local music store.
Starting at 6 p.m. tonight (April 26), Ted Brown Music is hosting its 7th annual Hands-On Instrument Contest, where kids ages 12 to 18 keep their "hands on" a provided instrument case, longer than their peers. The last kid standing goes home with a brand new Yamaha band or orchestra instrument.
Last year's winning contestant lasted 29 hours. The year before saw a 30-hour winner. Many of this year's contestants who competed last year are determined to beat previous years' records.
"This is event is fun for everyone involved, from the contestants to the employee judges," said Whitney Grisaffi, Ted Brown Music president. "It gives us a chance to get to know the students and their parents, which will happen after spending over 24 hours with them!"  
The Hands-On Instrument Contest is one of many activities hosted by Ted Brown Music to promote the value of music in kids' lives.  
According to the National Association for Music Education, young people involved in music programs are more likely to build abstract reasoning skills, do better at math and science, and score higher on their SATs.
"We want to share to joy of music with everyone," Grisaffi said.
The contest will be streaming online at starting at 6 p.m. For more information, visit or call 253-272-3211.