Musical duo speaks to Hettinger County students

A musical duo named Allen and Brown performed on stage at the Hettinger County Fairgrounds in Mott during the Back to School Bash Friday, Sept. 16, 2016.

New England sixth grader Brady Rustan explains to Charlie Allen left and Jim Brown right how a song is made. (Photo byRachel Bock/The Herald)
New England sixth grader Brady Rustan explains to Charlie Allen left and Jim Brown right how a song is made. (Photo byRachel Bock/The Herald)

By RACHEL BOCK
Herald Reporter

A musical duo named Allen and Brown performed on stage at the Hettinger County Fairgrounds in Mott during the Back to School Bash Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. The Back to School Bash was sponsored by the Hettinger County Fair board, which brought the country band from Nashville, Tenn. to perform in Mott during the back to school festivities.

Before the concert, Charlie Allen and Jim Brown kept themselves busy Friday morning and into the afternoon by having two small assemblies, speaking to the students in grades fifth through the senior class at New England School in the morning and to all of the student body at the Mott School in the afternoon. The music duo spoke to the kids at both schools about how important it is to obtain an education, and how important it is to set goals and believe in yourself.

“When we found out that they (Allen and Brown) also do motivational speaking, we thought what a great idea it is to have them speak to both schools,” Hettinger County Fair Board member Alicia Gunwall said.

Charlie Allen and Jim Brown both started their musical careers at a young age after realizing that they had a talent and a love for music. The musical duo talked about how even though they had the musical talent to perform on stage, they still needed to know how to handle the business side of the music industry. They stressed how important it was that they had a school education, and how their education helped them with understanding and handling the business part of the music industry.

Even though Allen and Brown took different paths with their musical careers, the duo recently joined together three months ago and with their band have been traveling over 2,000 miles speaking at schools about their musical journey and how important it is to take school seriously and get an education.

“We let kids know there is more to life and there is a reason why you’re in school. There is a reason why you’re doing what you are doing and why you are asked to do what you do. The harder you work at it, it just raises your life and raises the bar in your life and don’t ever quit trying,” Allen said.

During both school performances, Allen and Brown asked if any of the students in the crowd liked to sing and play music, and invited those students to showcase their musical talents in front of their peers. The duo stated that performing music was their dream in life, and how it took hard work and dedication to obtain their goals. They both stressed how important it was to have goals in life, to keep working hard to achieve your goals, and to never give up on your goals.

“Set your goals higher than you can possibly reach them so that way you can continue to strive to reach your goals. Be the best you can be,” Brown said.

The Hettinger County Fair board is looking at bringing back the musical duo to come back another date in 2017.

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