In an event reminiscent of the old dance marathons, music students participated in a contest of endurance in an attempt to win a musical instrument.

In the 6th Annual Hands-On Instrument Contest at Ted Brown Music in Tacoma, contestants were instructed to keep both their hands on a trumpet case. The contestant who keeps his/her hands on the case the longest won a musical instrument.

As of 1 p.m. Saturday, after 18 hours, eight students remained.

The eventual winner was Ashley Matejka, who lasted for 29 hours. She took home a brand new Yamaha violin

Last year's contestant kept her hands on the case for 30 hours.

The Hands-On contest is one of many activities at Ted Brown Music geared to kids enrolled in band.

The National Association of Music Merchants reports that research shows when students participate in the arts they are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, have higher GPAs and SAT scores, and show significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12. They are also more likely to be engaged and cooperative with teachers and peers, and are more self-confident and better able to express their ideas.

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