Every summer I get a couple of Day Care centers who want to bring the kids by my store for a field trip. I talk to them about how sound works (well as much as you can explain that to a 1st grader), how electric, acoustic, and bass guitars work, etc. They usually only have about 30 mins or so that they can hang out here, I give them all a couple of picks and some other goodies, and then they leave. Well, this morning I had a group of about 20 K-5th graders in here. Once I got done with my "And that's how all this stuff works blah blah blah" speech I looked at one of the instructors and she said they still had about an hour or so until the bus came to pick them back up. OOOOOPS! So I did something that I haven't done with these groups before. Upstairs we have a small stage that we use for clinics, jam sessions, etc. so I took all of them up there gave all of them shakers and put three on the stage at a time. I gave one an electric guitar (tuned to open D) plugged into a marshall, one of them a snare drum and one of them a 70's Musicmaster Bass (the short scale was just the right size). It was awesome! Even the shyest of kids got up there to rock out. They rotated instruments every couple of mins or so. It was loud and crazy, but we all had a blast. Ever seen three 9 year olds holding instruments for the first time, standing on a stage for the first time, playing to a group of their peers for the first time? Well, until today, neither had I - It kicked a**. Sorry, I'm just still amped up from it and thought I'd share. Hopefully all the kids got something out it, cuz I sure did.