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The Henderson children are all participating in the 2015 New Glasgow Music Festival, taking place from now until April 30. From the left are, Mary, flute; Luke, saxophone and Clare, clarinet. (Brimicombe photo)

For the Hendersons, music truly is a family affair.
All three children – Luke, Clare and Mary – are multitalented when it comes to their musical abilities. And all three are competitors in the 2015 New Glasgow Music Festival.
Luke began playing piano when he was four, and violin and trumpet followed later in elementary school. Clare began playing the clarinet in Grade 3, the chanter for bagpipes at age seven and the saxophone in junior high school. And the youngest, Mary, began playing piano in Grade 2, flute in Grade 3, and this year will be the first year she has been involved in singing.
“I ended up liking it and I kept doing it and I’m still doing it now, so I guess it became a good experience for me, so why not continue it,” said Luke about why he has continued to play piano over the years.
“I saw them in parades I guess; they were loud,” said Clare about why she was attracted to playing the bagpipes.
As for Mary, hanging around band practice for her siblings is what attracted her to the flute.
“And for piano I saw Luke at it and he was playing all these songs and I’m like, 'Oh, I want to do that',” said Mary.
Between the three siblings, they play 10 instruments and sing.
Luke plays piano, trumpet, violin, snare drum and the tin whistle. Clare plays the clarinet, saxophone, and bagpipes, and Mary plays the flute, piano, and she sings.
For the trio, their instruments have not only brought them a musical education and fun, but have allowed them to gain new friends from their band and choir mates in some of the school bands that they...
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