New Britain student wins guitar, amp for her school

Published on Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:08
Written by Skyler Frazer


NEW BRITAIN - A student at HALS Middle School recently won a nationwide contest sponsored by VH1’s Save the Music Foundation.

Alice Bidoae, a student at HALS Middle School, won the foundation’s Les Paul Legacy Contest, securing a Les Paul Epiphone electric guitar and amplifier for her school’s music program.

In the contest, students are tasked with creating an instrument inspired by their reading of “Les Paul, Guitar Wizard.” They have to name their instrument invention and write a 100-word essay describing how Les Paul inspired their creation, how their invention creates sound and what lessons they learned from the book.

Bidoae said the award-winning instrument she created is the ‘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,” Bidoae said.

Kevin Hebert, music teacher at HALS, asked students to submit their entry and then, following the to guidelines, submitted one entry for the national contest.

Hebert said selecting Bidoae’s work was an easy decision.

“Alice is a bright student who always puts forth her best effort,” Hebert said. “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.”

The Save the Music Foundation selected three finalists. The finalists had to create a video demonstrating how their instrument invention works, while sharing something they learned about Paul and how he has inspired them.

“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,” Bidoae said.

Hebert said the guitar will be used with the HALS Guitar Ensemble at all of their concerts.

Bidoae’s video will be featured on the foundation’s social media platforms and e-newsletter.

Check out Bidoae’s video at

Posted in New Britain Herald, , New Britain on Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:08. Updated: Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:11.