Opelika Middle School Students with Special Needs Perform at AMEA

Opelika Middle School Students with Special Needs to perform at AMEA Conference in Montgomery on January 16th

Opelika Middle School has a newly formed ensemble of special needs drummers call the “OMS Revolution”. They have been invited to perform at the Alabama Music Educators Association Conference (AMEA) in Montgomery next week as a part of the Alabama Special Needs All-Star Ensemble. The “Revolution” is a group of twenty students with special needs at Opelika Middle School who meet weekly to play music on drums designed by Remo for students with special needs. “This is a great outlet for these kids to be outside of the regular classroom to have fun and enjoy playing the drums,” stated Mike McGlynn, OMS and OHS Percussion Director. “We are very excited to have been asked to perform with other students with special needs from across the state at the AMEA Conference.” Mrs. Leigh Moore, Special Needs Instructor at OMS agrees, “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students and we are extremely proud of them.”

The students began practicing on the drums in August and began learning the music for the performance in October. They will perform on Thursday, January 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center.  

Special Note: The OMS students will be practicing on Monday, January 13 at 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Opelika Middle School. You are invited to come and visit with the students and Mr. McGlynn and learn more about the program. Please let me know if you plan to come.  

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