Matthew Belser was already taking trumpet lessons, but he wanted to try more instruments and get more time to play. He was one of the first youngsters to sign up with Scrollworks, a brand new music program that wanted to give the whole city free music instruction and a whole lot more. Today, Matthew is a promising 9th-grader at the Alabama School of Fine Arts who won first chair spots for clarinet and alto saxophone in this year's All-State Honor Band.

Matthew Belser was already taking trumpet lessons, but he wanted to try more instruments and get more time to play. He was one of the first youngsters to sign up with Scrollworks, a brand new music program that wanted to give the whole city free music instruction and a whole lot more. Today, Matthew is a promising 9th-grader at the Alabama School of Fine Arts who won first chair spots for clarinet and alto saxophone in this year's All-State Honor Band.

VIDEO: ♫ "Half the City," by St. Paul and the Broken Bones on "CBS This Morning Saturday" ♫

VIDEO: ♫ "Half the City," by St. Paul and the Broken Bones on "CBS This Morning Saturday" ♫

Celebrating the most powerful of all instruments, “The Human Instrument” surveys the range of ingredients that go into a perfect vocal track. Featuring rare studio footage of some the world's most renowned vocalists—from blues divas to suave crooners to rock star screamers.

Celebrating the most powerful of all instruments, “The Human Instrument” surveys the range of ingredients that go into a perfect vocal track. Featuring rare studio footage of some the world's most renowned vocalists—from blues divas to suave crooners to rock star screamers.

alabama music educators association

alabama music educators association

Black Jacket Symphony performs U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" at WorkPlay, Dec. 29, 2011.

Black Jacket Symphony performs U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" at WorkPlay, Dec. 29, 2011.

Orchestra Kids: 2011 Elementary Honor Orchestra at UCLA - YouTube

Orchestra Kids: 2011 Elementary Honor Orchestra at UCLA - YouTube

Metropolitan Youth Orchestras of Central Alabama (MYOCA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to making music instruction and ensemble playing available to all, thereby developing character and sense of community. http://www.myorch.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/Scrollworks

Metropolitan Youth Orchestras of Central Alabama (MYOCA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to making music instruction and ensemble playing available to all, thereby developing character and sense of community. http://www.myorch.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/Scrollworks

Leadership UAB 2012 Class:   • Rebecca Beers, Haskell, Slaughter, Young & Rediker, LLC;  • Bettina Boateng, WVTM-TV Alabama's 13 News;  • Hallie Bradley, Alabama Power Company;  • T. Wesley Brinkley, Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC;  • LaKisha M. Cargill, State Farm Insurance Company;

Leadership UAB 2012 Class: • Rebecca Beers, Haskell, Slaughter, Young & Rediker, LLC; • Bettina Boateng, WVTM-TV Alabama's 13 News; • Hallie Bradley, Alabama Power Company; • T. Wesley Brinkley, Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC; • LaKisha M. Cargill, State Farm Insurance Company;

"The Rickey Smiley Show" to premiere Sept. 18 in syndication, 9 p.m. CDT on TV One. Comedian and Birmingham native Rickey Smiley plays an Atlanta DJ, who is the single father to three children.

"The Rickey Smiley Show" to premiere Sept. 18 in syndication, 9 p.m. CDT on TV One. Comedian and Birmingham native Rickey Smiley plays an Atlanta DJ, who is the single father to three children.

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