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The Augusta Heritage Center Music Festival brings musicians from all over the country to Davis and Elkins College. This year is the 41st year for the festival.

"Its five weeks of music, dance, crafts, and folklore. We're a heritage arts organization. This week is Cajun/Creole week and also Country Music week," said Joyce Rossbach, director of the Augusta Heritage Center at D&E.

On Sunday, it was the kickoff for the five week program. Classes are taught for a number of different instruments.

"Fiddle classes at three different levels, we also have accordion, Cajun accordion, and then we have guitar and bass and Cajun vocals," Rossbach said.

Each of the weeks has a different theme, and it brings in different students. Rossbach said more than 150 students attend the sessions that accommodate beginner to advanced musicians.

"We do have this week a novice class, which is from scratch, you really haven't ever played, and that's a great class too," Rossbach said.

Each class has an instructor who is proficient in that instrument. David Greely teaches the fiddle and he has been going to the Augusta Heritage Center's program since the early 1990's.

"It was really a lot of fun, and a real welcome change from the usual touring routine. Here you get to spend a whole week with people who are passionate about this music. You kind of fall in love with it, and the people all over again," said Greely.

The next four weeks of classes will have different themes including Blues and Swing, Bluegrass, and Old Time. For more information visit the Augusta Heritage Center's website.