Nova Scotia

Music Monday strikes a chord with Cape Breton students

Over 1,100 students from more than 20 Cape Breton schools marched through the rain to celebrate Music Monday.
Students from across Cape Breton marched for Music Monday. (Norma Jean MacPhee/CBC)

Over 1,100 students from more than 20 Cape Breton schools marched through the rain to celebrate Music Monday.

The crowd walked to the Membertou Convention Centre to sing and hear a performance of Coal Town Road by the Barra MacNeils.

Music Monday is celebrated across Canada on the first Monday of May each year. Students across the country learn and then sing the same song, at the same time. This year's theme song was Tomorrow is Coming by Luke Doucet.

"It's just been remarkable," said Holly Nimmons, the Executive Director for the Coalition of Music Education.

"The end goal is to ensure that every student has a quality music program in their school," she said. "What is happening is there are schools that are closing down their music programs and we need to ensure that doesn't happen at all."

Matthew Evans, a grade 12 student at Memorial High School, played the trumpet in Monday's event. He said the band has changed his life.

"It actually opened up a new group of friends for me because I have a lot of people in the band that are friends now, and it also opened up my interest in music, learning about music and all the different instruments that people play," he said.

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