Music City Strings preparing for European tour

The members of Music City Strings range in age from 4 to 18.

Music City Strings, a smiling band of young performers, will make listeners want to pick up a violin and play.

The 45 students with string instruments and monster talent range in age from 4 to 18. They were invited to Europe later this month for a 17-day concert tour.

“You’ve got all these other parts around you,” said KatyRose Bennett with Music City Strings. “They kind of click together and it makes a really cool sound.”

The Music City Strings are warmed up and ready for their shows set in Spain, France, England and Scotland.

“I don’t take it for granted,” said Kurt Heinecke with Music City Strings. “These are great kids, great musicians. They work hard. You really hear it, they sound great.”

Their version of Rocky Top was once just rocky. But after months of practice, it will make even an Alabama fan stomp his feet.

“When I had just started, I was on this tiny violin and it was super squeaky. I did not sound good at all,” Bennett said. “My mom asked my teacher, ‘When is it going to sound like music and stop sounding like noise?’”

Her mother doesn’t ask that anymore.

Only three music groups from North and South America were invited on this European tour. The Music City Strings are the first group invited from the southern region of the U.S.

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