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Songs take a stand on gangs.

SCHOOL pupils in the Midlands have written and recorded two hard-hitting songs to take a stand against gang culture.

Pupils at Holly Lodge, George Salter and St Michael's schools have teamed up with Sandwell's youth music service to record a CD warning about the dangers of gangs.

Called Real Life, it will be released during Sandwell Children's Festival next month and possibly made available as a download so it can enter the music charts, as well as being sent to Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Organisers also hope it might be used by other schools and youth groups across the country.

One of the songs - Never Ever - was written by Charmaine Maynard, aged 15, and composed by Jonathan Hendrickson, 15, both Holly Lodge pupils.

Charmaine was moved to put pen to paper after seeing someone close to her become embroiled in a gang.

The second song is called Why Do They Do It (People Out There) and was written by other students at Holly Lodge, George Salter and St Michael's.

The project is the brainchild of Sandwell Youth Music keyboard specialist Lisa Cook, and guitar teacher Jon Pye.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jun 23, 2008
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