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The Kids at YOLA Rock!

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This month’s Spirit cover story is all about the rock stars behind Youth Orchestra LA, a nonprofit initiative that supplies underprivileged children with free instruments, instruction, and, not to mention, profound lessons about pride, community, and commitment. 

If you like the sound of that, check out the full story here. Or simply scroll down for a few outtakes from our photo shoot. Play on! 

Photos by Dave Lauridsen


12-year-old Sirilo and 11-year-old Andrew show off their brass.


Samantha Rosas, 15, fiddles around with her violin.


Practice makes perfect!