‘The Voice’ coming to Grandview

TV contestant to entertain students as musician in residence

— The Voice contestant Stephanie Anne Johnson of Tacoma, a contestant on Season 5 will be entertaining students and talking with them about music as a part of the School District’s ongoing Musicians in Resident program.

Johnson is visiting the School District through the program organized by Yakima Valley musician and promoter Cody Beebe.

Beebe, the district’s musician in residence, organizes visits from professional musicians throughout the school year, school spokesperson Elena Olmstead said.

This year, he’s working to organize one visit a month from various artists. Sometimes the artists visit all the schools, other times they visit just the elementary schools or just the middle and high schools, Olmstead said.

“Johnson will be visiting each of our elementary schools,” she said.

Johnson’s schedule for the next few days is as follows:

• Today from 8:50 to 9:50 a.m. at Arthur H. Smith Elementary School;

• Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at McClure Elementary School; and

• Thursday, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Harriet Thompson Elementary School.

On those days, Beebe is also bringing his friend and band mate, Blake Noble, to town to work with fifth graders to create, decorate and learn to play their own personal didgeridoos.

This is the third year Noble has worked with the district’s fifth graders, teaching them about the unique sound and history of the traditional Australian instrument.

Noble’s schedule for working with fifth graders is as follows:

• Today from 9:50 a.m. at Arthur H. Smith Elementary School

• Wednesday from 1:05 p.m. at McClure Elementary School

• Thursday from 1 p.m. at Harriet Thompson Elementary School.


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