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Weatherford family brings music to education

The home school-based Sawyer family may call Weatherford home, but they have they have found a way to connect to Texans’ musical roots by traveling throughout the state and performing for different school districts.

The idea came from father David Stanley Sawyer, who has a background in bluegrass and played internationally before encouraging his children, 14-year-old David Sergei Sawyer and 16-year-old Leah Sawyer, to pick up the family trade.

Last Tuesday, Sergei and Leah performed at Mary Martin Elementary for the 4th-grade music program with an auditorium so packed, parents had their backs to the walls.

“I’ve always played music, I’ve played guitar and just stringed instruments in general,” Stanley Sawyer said.

“We just got to know people and they just asked ‘hey can you come and provide Texas music for square dancing.’ They usually don’t want the dad they just want the kids,” he said.

“We’ve been in Durango, Colorado for Cowboy festival(s) and we’re asked to go into local schools and play. So, generally it’s when we’re involved with an event in the area and the schools learn about it and they invite us.”

Sawyer’s son, Sergei was adopted from Russia.

“I had been to Russia years prior to being married, played acoustic music for some festivals in Russia,” Stanley Sawyer said.

When the decision to adopt internationally was made with Stanley Sawyer’s wife, Kathy, Russia was at the top of the list.

“Russia was the first thing I thought of,” he said.

Music has always been a crucial part of her life, Leah Sawyer said.

“I had my first lesson when I was five, but my dad is a musician, so he’s been taking me to jam sessions and had instruments in my hand since I was two or three (years-old),” she said.

Trumpets, bass, guitars, fiddles and violins are some of the many instruments the siblings can play

Article source: http://www.weatherforddemocrat.com/news/local_news/weatherford-family-brings-music-to-education/article_254bae56-9077-5633-baff-649462d4d284.html

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