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Musical Bend family performs together, in quarantine

The family of 8 consists of 6 musicians -- and it's their first joint performance

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- When the Cascade School of Music announced it would be having a ‘Got Talent’ competition, the Tranby family jumped at the opportunity.

The ‘Tranby Troupe,’ as they call themselves, consists of six musicians: Joel, a senior at Mountain View High School, plays the violin; Hannah, a Mountain View sophomore plays the cello; Olivia, a seventh-grader at Pilot Butte Middle School, plays the clarinet; Josiah, an Oregon Family School sixth-grader, is a pianist; Jayden, a fourth-grader at Buckingham Elementary School, plays the melodica, a mix between a pump organ and a harmonica; and their mom, April, plays the violin.

The ‘Tranby Troupe' entered into the family division for the talent contest and performed ‘A Million Dreams,’ an original score for the move ‘The Greatest Showman.’

"We thought it would be a great idea to pull all the different instruments together and create something that is fun for us,” David Tranby, the dad, said Tuesday. “As we have been doing it, we started sharing it with a few people, and it was something that turned into a lot more than we expected."

Because of how many unique instruments the family plays, April had to compose notes for the clarinet and melodica that would fit to the song they played. Surprisingly, for as many years as each of them have been playing an instrument, this joint performance was a first.

"It was the first time we played together,” Hannah said. “And it was really fun to be able to do something as a whole family."

The family says it took them more than a dozen audio takes to get the right sound. Joel and Hannah also spent six hours editing the video and audio together. The family does plan on making more musical projects, while they practice social distancing.

The ‘Got Talent’ competition is open to Cascade School of Music students until May 8th.

You can see the family's full performance here on their YouTube page.

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