New Britain student wins VH1 Save The Music Foundation’s Les Paul Legacy contest

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) — A student in New Britain has earned a Les Paul guitar and amplifier for her school’s music program.

Alice Bidoae, a student at HALS Middle School, has been announced as the winner in the VH1 Save the Music Foundation’s national Les Paul Legacy Contest.

The contest encourages students to keep the legacy of Les Paul alive and create an instrument inspired by their reading of Les Paul: Guitar Wizard.

Participants were required to name their instrument invention as well as write a 100-word essay describing how Les Paul inspired the creation. In the essay, students were also asked to address how the invention creates sound.

“Our Partnership with the Les Paul Foundation has allowed students from VH1 Save The Music partner districts all across the country the opportunity to engage their students in learning about Les Paul’s legacy,” stated the Foundation’s Program Director, Jaclyn Rudderow. “Students are inspired by Les and will carry his legacy into the next generation.”

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Kevin Hebert, HALS music teacher, discussed selecting Bidoae’s essay for submission, saying, “Alice is a bright student who always puts forth her best effort. Les Paul’s recordings, musical compositions and inventions continue to inspire us all and Alice conveyed this theme in her essay. The Les Paul guitar we received will be both a visual and musical reminder of his influence on all of us.”

Bidoae’s contest-winning creation was what she calls a “Multi-insono.”

“I used vibrations to come up with my instrument which is a metal drum set with coins, paper clips, and a ruler. It has elastic bands with various sounds that you could play with the drums. It also includes a funnel to echo the sound,” she explained. “The lessons I learned from the book is that technology can improve the music we hear, you can create your own music, and you shouldn’t give up on your dreams.”

HALS will now receive an Epiphone Les Paul electric guitar and an amplifier.

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