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OHIA offers orchestra to seniors

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -The Oklahoma Healthy Initiative program is offering seniors a chance to play a shoulder instrument, the viola or violin in an orchestra. OHIA aims at helping older Oklahomans be healthy and active.

This is the first year for orchestra and after just 2 months, the first group is preparing for a concert in front of the community.

They're a group called Platinum Strings orchestra. It gives the elderly a chance to be apart of a musical group and learn to play an instrument.

Anyone above the age of 55 is allowed to join. It's $180 for an eight week session.

Donna Brox, the director of the orchestra created this group in hopes of showing others how music can impact peoples lives.

"It brings such joy to me, because we get started and kids or the adults have never done anything like this and to watch their faces light up as they explore and discover the sound of a violin and of music and that they can actually do it and play it well," said Brox.

"I just wanted to experience something different," said David Hogan, a participant. "I've played a little bit with the piano, cornet, but never a string instrument, so I thought I would give it a shot."

The concert is free to the public and will be at St. Paul's United Methodist Church Monday night at 7:00 p.m.

If you would like to join the platinum strings orchestra, contract the Oklahoma Healthy Initiative. 

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