Marimba Club is vigorously in session. Fifth-grade lips count silently as music teacher Sharon Rogers keeps time with a rattling gourd. Concentration furrows fifth-grade brows as 17 pairs of mallets pummel marimbas and xylophones of every size.
After just a handful of after-school sessions, these kids are making music. Real music.
Rogers formed the Marimba Club last month, using grants and gifts to buy the instruments. The final piece will fall into place next week, with a $4,000 award from the Coquille Tribal Community Fund.