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June 27, 2013 GREATER MEDIA NEWSPAPERS • www.gmnews.com WOODBRIDGE SENTINEL 15 (Continued from previous page) The steel guitar sits horizontally across the lap of the musician, who uses one hand to slide a bar across the neck strings to create the notes while the other hand picks on the strings, creating a distinctive sound. The strings sit higher above the instrument as well. When Victoria played the first three notes of his steel guitar and asked if anyone knew what song it was, hands went up immediately as they recognized the notes from the "SpongeBob SquarePants" cartoon theme. Victoria said the steel guitar is used in that song, as well as many Hawaiian tunes. Victoria then proceeded to play a variety of songs as the children sang and clapped along and music teacher DJ Donelan conducted. She said the students had practiced some STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR songs in advance, and some were new to Students from kindergarten to fifth grade at Oak Ridge them. Heights Elementary School enjoy the performance. "They love to sing anything new," Donelan said. The repertoire included "This Land is Your Land," student in Natalie Homa's second-grade class, to which the children sang along; "She'll be Comin' had the same opinion. Sean Benedicks, also in Homa's second-grade Around the Mountain; "Tequila," during which they class, was very impressed with the steel guitars, broke out in spontaneous clapping; and "Deep in since he plays guitar himself. He said it was the Heart of Texas," which segued into "BINGO." "pretty awesome." They ended with "God Bless America," which "The kids had a good time," Principal Joseph the youngsters belted out. They then tried "Row, D'Orsi said. Row, Row Your Boat" in rounds, which kinder"They were laughing and smiling. We'd like to gartner Anastasia Moore said was her favorite have Ron come back next year." tune. Victoria, who performs for schools, adult homes Anastasia's classmate, Ashley Eugenio, from and local venues throughout the year, said he Cheryl Donato's kindergarten class, said her looks forward to playing for more students next favorite song was "She'll be Comin' Around the year. Mountain." Second-grader Shannon Kavaja, a