Music Badge Tour
Daisies, Brownies and Girl Scout Juniors got their groove on at a music workshop Sunday at Camp Arnaz in Ventura.
Led by Simi Valley Girl Scout alumnae Lynnzee Fraye, 19, and her 13-year-old triplet brothers and March 4th bandmates Mitchell, Garrett and Spencer Fraye, the participants learned music basics and made their own percussion instruments.
The boys, who are all members of Boy Scout Troop 633, gave presentations to the 50 girls, age 5 to 12, from the Central Coast Girl Scout Council.
Spencer was on guitar, Garrett on bass, and Mitchell on drums. Lynnzee, who plays keyboard and is the band’s lead singer, taught the girls about pop music from around the world and the basics of reading music.
“Learning by doing and cooperative learning is part of the Girl Scout process,” said Tammy Gentry, the council’s communications director. “Events like this provide the girls with the opportunity to try something new.”
The lessons weren’t just musical.
“I learned a lot of cool stuff to play on my piano,” said Sofia Flores, 9. “And I learned to always keep my mind open to new ideas.”
The March 4th band is very much a family endeavor, with parents D’Anne and Vern Fraye serving as their children’s managers, publicists, roadies, sound engineers and schedulers. The band recently was featured on NBC digital’s Cozi TV in “The Next Great Family Band” talent competition.
Gibson Epiphone is sponsoring the March 4th “Girl Scouts Rock” tour by providing the boys with the various electric guitars they use in performances.“Lynnzee started her own band when she was 14. We would drag the boys along to her gigs, and when they were 11 they started their own band. March 4th is their birthday,” D’Anne Fraye said. “Lynnzee joined with them last year for the television show, and now we have an all-family band.”
For the workshop’s grand finale, March 4th performed several songs accompanied by the scouts who used the shaker eggs they had made to pump up the percussion at Lynnzee’s direction.“Fortissimo,” Lynnzee called out from the stage. “What does that mean?”
“Real loud,” the girls yelled back as they kept time with the music using their shakers.
Lynnzee was an active member of Troop 60118 for 12 years. Last year, she started teaching music workshops while developing a music therapy program for special needs children. This earned her the Girl Scouts’ highest level of achievement, the Gold Award.
Lynzee’s program has been implemented by First Five of California in Simi Valley and Moorpark.
The sibling band members collaborate to write songs that send a positive message.
“We wrote ‘Breakthrough’ as a response to our feeling that people are often too self centered,” Lynnzee said. “The chorus says, ‘We all can change what this world has come to; let’s change today and create a breakthrough. We should learn from our past to make this world last; there’s strength in us to make it better than it was.’”
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