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Students at Melwood Elementary School in Upper Marlboro constructed 320 instruments out of recyclable materials during a school project this semester.

Music teacher Femi Manners led the students in the project and said students used materials found at their homes, parents’ jobs, the school cafeteria and elsewhere to make musical instruments that they played during a march around school grounds Feb. 1.

Manners said there were 104 maracas, 104 drums and 80 to 90 guitars, in addition to several banjos and chimes.

“We talked about the instrument families, percussion and string and wind,” she said. “Some of these students really went above and beyond.”