Flushing Meadows High School principal Michelle Hensley says there’s a special place in heaven for her students and their passion for music.
“For me, it’s like a kid in a candy store,” she said.
“It’s just the excitement of getting to do what you love and have a really good time.”
Hensley was born in Florida, and the music she grew up listening to on headphones at home, and later at school, was a constant part of her life.
She began playing the drums when she was in fifth grade and started playing her first solo music album in her senior year of high school.
“I started playing it as a teenager,” she recalled.
“My mom had a guitar and I was just playing the guitar in the hallway.”
Hinsley now has a band, she said, and has been touring the United States and Europe with them since her senior season.
She has played with other bands as well, but she’s always been a bandleader.
“They’re all really amazing kids, so I just like to keep it going,” she explained.
“When I get to the stage I’m just like, ‘Yeah, this is what I want to do.'”
I’ve been doing it for a while now, I feel like I’ve been blessed, I’ve got a lot of fun doing it, and I feel so grateful to have the opportunity to do it.
“She’s not alone in her enthusiasm for music at Flushing Meadow.”
So how does she get started? “
I think if you’re going to be a performer, it has to be something that you enjoy and enjoy working with, and it has have a purpose for the world.”
So how does she get started?
Henshell said she started at Flushes Meadows as a drummer and eventually moved into the role of a vocalist and began recording her own music.
It wasn’t until college that Hensheim took her first step into the music industry.
“Before I was a professional singer, I was pretty much just a songwriter, and then I started doing all these different things in music and then later on I started going to music school,” she told ABC News.
“The first thing I did was take a course and I studied for two years.
I really liked it.
I’ve had so much fun.”
Now, HensHelsley is teaching her kids how to play music, and they’ve also started to take lessons, which are also free.
Henshell says she’s thrilled that she and her kids can all be together as a family and she’s also excited about the future.
“That’s something that I’m so proud of and I’m proud of that we’re going from this humble beginnings to being able to do something that we love and do something so special and so special for this community,” she added.
“So many kids go to school and then all of a sudden they want to be musicians.
And we’re not just going to sit here and do nothing.”
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