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Fiddle Me This!

We just finished up with our second annual Kids Got Talent video contest! What is that you ask? Well, that is a video Facebook contest that we hold, where awesome talented kids in the tri-state sumbit videos of them playing their favorite instrument. This year we got 6 entries and they were all great! Do you want to see them? Of course you do! Check them out!

Here is 11 year old Haley

Here is 12 year old Davis Johnson playing “Portraits in Rhythm.”

Here is 11 year old Donovan Johnson playing “The Entertainer.”

Here is 9 1/2 year old Logan playing “Seven Nation Army.”

Here is 9 year old Jack! Jack writes his own piano music.

Here is our winner 9 year old John Maupin playing Orange Blossom Special!

Let’s get to know our winner a little! First of all, here is John!I asked John’s mom to help us get to know him a little better. This is seriously one cool kid! Here is what his mom had to say about him. John began playing fiddle at the age of four. By the time he was eight he knew over 200 fiddle tunes. (Whoa!) He especially responds to Kentucky old-time fiddle and bluegrass music, but enjoys Cajun and jazz, too. He has played on the stage with Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys with Nathan Stanley, Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers, the Farm Hands Bluegrass Quartet, Michael Cleveland, Jeff Guernsey, and the New Coon Creek Girls. Recently he had the opportunity to perform at Mulate’s and the Mahogany Jazz Hall in New Orleans. He has also performed on Hilton Head Island at Ruby Lee’s and The Jazz Corner. John performs at many old-time and bluegrass festivals and loves to jam. He recently won both the Morehead Old-Time Fiddle and the Ed Haley Fiddle Competitions for the second year in a row. In 2014 he was awarded the JP Fraley Scholarship from the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School. John most recently won the KY Farm Bureau talent show for both the Madison County and district level. He will be competing at the state level later this month in Louisville, KY. You can find him performing every weekend on stage at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg, KY. Here he is the youngest member of the Kentucky Opry Junior Pros. John is also a member of the HASP orchestra in Danville, KY, which is under the direction of Jeremy Mulholland. He has performed on Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour where he was described as a “tsunami of personality and a future IBMA Fiddle Player of Year winner”. John’s only interest isn’t music! He is also an honor student, on the swim team, and competes in equestrian events. His other love is his family’s farm where he has his own herd of cattle. John sounds like one cool and talented kid doesn’t he? It’s unbelievable that he started playing at the ago of four. He already has an impressive musical resume. It’s awesome to see we have such talented young musicians in the tri-state like John! Keep up the awesome fiddlin’, John; we can’t wait to see what your future in music holds.

Thank you to all of our contestants and a special congrats to our winner Fiddlin’ John Maupin! We can’t wait until next year’s contest. Until then, keep practicing!

Kids Got Talent Contest 2015

Does your child have a musical talent that you brag about every chance you get? Great! Enter them into our Kids Got Talent Facebook contest!

Here are the contest guidelines (the boring stuff!):

  • How to enter: Take a video of your child showing their music skills and then submit it at facebook.com/WillisMusicCompany. Make sure to take the video sideways!
  • How to win: Now we get to the good stuff! The Video with the most “Likes” is the winner and that child will get a $50 Willis Music gift card!
  • Where: facebook.com/WillisMusicCompany
  • When: November 1, 2015 through November 30, 2015 at 8 AM
  • Who: Anyone between the ages 0-18!
  • In the event of a tie the $50 will be split between all winners.

    Here are some of the awesome entries from last years contest if you need some ideas!
    Here is one of our winners Cooper, age 7.

    This was our other winner Joseph, age 15.

    This is Hattie, age 7 1/2 playing cripple creek.

    As you can see we had some truly talented kids enter the contest last year. We can’t wait to see your kid’s musical talent. Get that phone out and start recording!

    Laura Barrowman

Wow… “Kid’s Got Talent!”

Parents, can your child shred on the guitar? Can they play a sick beat on the drums? Can they strum a tune on the banjo? Or are they masters at playing the pots and pans? Whatever musical talents they have, we want to see it!

  

Let’s face it parents… you never pass up an opportunity to brag about your kids so here is your chance to brag as much as you want! Hey…no judgement from us, we say “the more bragging the better!” We want to see videos of your kids playing their instruments and showing off their mad skills on facebook.com/WillisMusicCompany and the winner could win your family the big bucks…when we say “big bucks,” we mean in the form of a $150 Willis Music gift card. Can you imagine what your child could get with a $150 gift card?!

Does your kid ever dream of being a star when they grow up? Here is the chance to make their dreams come true. Adults out there: we know you might be a kid at heart but this contest is JUST for children so please spare our eyes and refrain from dressing in a diaper and posting a video of you playing an instrument! We don’t want you scaring the children… or us for that matter. We know there are plenty of kids out there who are musically talented and we want them to be seen. Just think kids… all that time during Thanksgiving break when you will be sitting in front of your video games with clammy hands withering away or getting stiff thumbs… you could make a video and win some ‘moola’ instead! So kids, are you ready to rock n’ roll? Tell your parents to bust out their cameras (or camera phones) and film you “meltin’ some faces!”

Need some examples to get you fired up? Here you go! Check out these kids awesome skills!

Contest Details
Here is how to enter the contest: Take a video of your child playing their instrument and then Submit it at facebook.com/WillisMusicCompany. The Video with the most “Likes” will be the winner and that child will get a $150 Willis Music gift card! This contest is for children only – No Adults!! No sexual innuendos or inappropriate content either please. This contest is kid friendly.

Where: facebook.com/WillisMusicCompany
When:October 1, 2014 through November 30, 2014
Who: Anyone between the ages 0-18!