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Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow Idol Auditions Bring Out Rockstars, Musicians

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – Faint strains of Adele and the Jackson Five floated down from the third floor of Warner Library on Monday as kids put their talents to the test for the upcoming Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow Idol concert.

A small group of kids in grades kindergarten through fifth spent the afternoon auditioning for the Idol show. Event organizers said they want to encourage students to delve into music.

“There are so many students who know how to play instruments, but they have no access to perform,” Chun Budd said.

Budd and colleague Cathy Ruhland started the Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow Idol last year to great success. They hope that can continue during the upcoming concert on June 2 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Warner Library.

Auditions took place Monday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Budd said sometimes the audition provides more fun for the kids than the actually concert because “they feel more relaxed and free to do whatever they want to do.”

Kids at the audition clapped for each other as they performed. Performers also discussed song choices with Budd and Ruhland when they couldn't pick the one that would be the best for the talent show.

“Last year they really liked it because they had so much fun on the stage,” Budd said, noting about 20 kids participated. This year's concert will feature a maximum of 30 students, Budd said, because they did not have enough space or time to accommodate more kids.

“Mainly we want to encourage the kids to love music,” Budd said.

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