KNAPPA — The Hilda Lahti Elementary School singalong guest artist for February was Larry Moore, an accomplished mandolin player who has been playing the instrument for more than 40 years. He entertained students and staff with several renditions of string band style music, and explained that the mandolin is an eight-stringed instrument that has four differently tuned pairs of strings. 

Moore has two granddaughters that attend Hilda Lahti. He can be heard playing in the duo The Lazy Boys, and also appears on KMUN’S Troll Radio Review once a month with the Beerman Creek Stringband.  

The singalong guest artist for March was drummer Tom Peake, who brought his entire drum kit, including the snare, bass, big and small tom-tom drums, and five different cymbals. He demonstrated the sounds of each drum and cymbal, performed a drum solo that inspired everyone to stand up and dance, and accompanied the singalong on several songs.

Peake grew up in Eugene, where he began playing drums at the age of 12. He has played with many local bands over the years. He currently plays with the Pagan Pancakes and North Coast Country and recently joined Brownsmead Flats as drummer for the musical “Hitchin’.” 

The Hilda Lahti sing-a-long is sponsored in part by the Clatsop County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Cultural Trust.