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Sea sharp;Diary

The launch of the National Foundation for Youth Music was the perfect excuse to tell bad muso jokes - especially as its first project is called The Pied Piper scheme.

Inspirational role models will encourage children to play a variety of styles, from classical to rock, but don't they remember what happened in the fairy tale?

"One of our Pied Pipers is leading hundreds of banjo players into the sea as we speak," reveals Chris Hodgkins from Jazz Services, piloting the scheme.

Banjo players are ever the butt among jazz musicians. In classical circles, of course, it's viola players. As in: Who would you rather have rescue you from drowning: a pink elephant or a really good viola player? Answer: a pink elephant - there aren't any really good ...

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