Tammy Thimesch, and members of the Fiddlin' 'Round Band, share talents at the Wilmore Opry.

Tammy Thimesch has been fiddling around a lot lately. Thimesch, who plays and teaches violin, was part of the performance at the Wilmore Opry that visited Pratt Nov. 2 at the Barron Theater.

At the performance, Thimesch played the fiddle with fellow musicians from the Fiddlin' 'Round Band Ken Brunson on guitar and Jeff Riegel on bass fiddle. The trio played "What Child is This" and "Go Tell it on the Mountain" for their part of the performance. Thimesch and the other members of the band all play by ear.

Thimesch said she loves playing with the Opry. The performers have great camaraderie and they all enjoy sharing their talent. She also loves playing in the Barron Theater that was opened in 1930.

"The Barron is a great venue for artists and musicians. I hope to play here many more times," Thimesch said. "It's just a lot of fun."

This was the second time Thimesch has played with the Opry. About 10 years ago, she played with the Opry when they performed in Medicine Lodge.

There is no difference between a violin and a fiddle, they are the same instrument. It just depends on how the instrument is played that determines if its called a violin or a fiddle.

Besides violin, Thimesch also plays and teaches all the stringed instruments. Thimesch has been playing string instruments for 50 years and violin for the last 25 of those years. She plays mostly Country and Blue Grass music.

"I just love to play," Thimesch said.

She started playing in the fifth grade and Nancy Kerr was her music instructor at North Grade School that no longer exists. Thimesch also took private lessons from Kerr.

North School had an orchestra in their music program until the 1980s. In the fifth grade, students could choose between band or orchestra. At first, Thimesch wanted to play the clarinet but her friends Candy and Crystal both played violins and she decided she wanted to play violin because of them.

In 1972, Thimesch and another local Zon Estes, were selected to go on a European tour with the Fort Hays High School Orchestra. They toured military bases and got to perform with a 52 piece orchestra.

Thimesch teaches violin at the Joyful Noise String Music Academy in Pratt. She has been teaching since 2000 and started teaching at Sacred Heart School. Now, her students range in age from 3-83 at Music Academy. She said she has a lot of fun teaching and she loves children.

She got into teaching when her mother, who was in Hospice, asked Thimesch if there was anything she hadn't done that she wanted to do. The answer was teach and that was the start of her teaching career.

The Fiddlin' 'Round Band will perform at the Pratt County Historical Society Museum open house from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17 at the museum.

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