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Mr. Billy shares unique songwriting talents

The Barnum PTA sponsored an Artist in Residency series last week, Tues. through Thurs., Mar. 13-15. "Mr. Billy" worked with the entire elementary school (K-6) on the six traits of writing while helping them compose songs (each group separately) t...

The Barnum PTA sponsored an Artist in Residency series last week, Tues. through Thurs., Mar. 13-15.

"Mr. Billy" worked with the entire elementary school (K-6) on the six traits of writing while helping them compose songs (each group separately) that they then performed on Thurs., Mar. 15, at 7 p.m.

Each grade decided on the theme of their song and the kind of music it would be set to and brainstormed details for the song. Then, Mr. Billy put it all together and each grade took a turn performing their song on Thursday night.

The second graders did a rap tune about getting fit called "Dodgeball Rap." The first graders dressed up like cowboys and sang a country tune about tests. One class had a disco theme and the kindergarteners did a rock 'n roll song titled "Wee Rock Reading."

The gym was packed with parents - standing room only - and the entire group was very energetic and the kids were very excited about it all, proud of their work and happy to perform in front of an audience.

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According to Mr. Billy's official Web site, the entertainer/artist began playing guitar and writing his own songs when he was only nine years old. He has toured all across the USA and Canada. His unique rock and roll style has a contemporary sound that kids (and parents) instantly relate to.

At a Mr. Billy show, everyone gets into the act. His presentations are always upbeat, interactive, educational and just plain fun.

Mr. Billy has been repeatedly voted "Northeastern Wisconsin's Family Favorite Children's Entertainer." His original CDs are iParenting and CMW national award winners.

When he's not on tour or writing and recording his own music, Mr. Billy guides elementary school students in the composition and recording of their own original songs at his ground breaking "Six-Trait Songwriting" Artist in Residency program.

He regularly performs at over 300 schools, libraries, festivals and special events each year, including a regular headlining appearance at Wisconsin's largest Kids Expo held in Madison.

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