Passing time in a suburban middle school brings hundreds of students scurrying into the halls. But don’t let the appearance of energetic middle school students scare you into forming negative stereotypes.

“Everybody’s afraid of it, like ‘ooh middle school,’” said Sue Kim, a band teacher at Wayzata East Middle School.

“That’s the magical age of where you capture things that are going to leave an impression on them as they move into high school and into the community,” she said. “And I think that’s what people don’t realize.”

Kim uses music as the vehicle to capture the students’ hearts and minds. Yet there’s only so much a student can learn in a classroom.

That’s why, some of the East Middle School band students are getting out into the community to share their talents with others — specifically, those who may not have the ability to travel far from where they live.

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