Concert pays tribute to our veterans

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)- A group of kids from across the Chippewa Valley spent Sunday day honoring our service men and women through the sound of music.

Ahead of Memorial Day and in honor of Military Appreciation Month the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony held a tribute concert for our military members.

For Memorial High School senior and percussionist Sarah Leppert, playing music with the Chippewa Valley Youth symphony has her seeing all the colors of the rainbow.

“Its music, its art, it’s just colors,” Leppert said as she practiced the bells.

Sarah and more than 50 other musicians took to the stage Sunday afternoon as part of a concert honoring our nation’s veterans.

“Just seeing the people that serve it brings remembrance when you are playing these pieces,” Leppert said.

Local author and narrator of the concert Michael Perry says as he heard the sounds of the symphony -- he began thinking of his friends and family who served and the freedom they fought to protect.

“I feel such respect for people in the military because they offer to serve the rest of us without question,” Perry said.

Youth Symphony Director Eric Dascher says he couldn't think of a better way to round out the youth symphony's season than honoring our military members through music.

“It’s the least we could do,” Dascher said.

For Leppert, who graduates from high school in a few short weeks, it’s the perfect way to end her career with the youth symphony on a high note.

“The orchestra, the band and the choir coming together is great. It’s not just for ourselves it’s for our veterans today,” Leppert said.

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