The fellows visited Play on Philly and got to spend time with Stanford Thompson (Abreu Fellow '09) and the students rehearsing holiday music.
I had the privlege of hanging with the trombone section, and man these kids could play!
The Music in Charter Schools Festival in Philadelphia (MICS) was a spectacular event. The fellows and members of Opus Nine taughts students in ensembles, sectionals, and numerous workships. I was fortunate to teach an Indian stick dance (Dandia) to the kids, which they performed on Friday night's concert.
The MICS Band rehearses I GOTTA FELLIN, by the Black Eyed Peas.
The Troy High School Band is deep into its "Taking it to the Streets" Project. Numerous student chamber groups are rehearsal rigerously and bringing music to their community. Recently, a brass quintet visited a retirement community where 18 audience members slowly transformed during the performance. From low-energy un-engagement to a wild sing-along, the students transformed their audience right before their eyes. One of the song requests was made by a lady in a wheelchair, who according to her caretaker "rarely" ever speaks. The students at Troy High are experiences the benefits and rewards of sharing thier passion and time with those around them!
Miss Tess was back in Boston a few days ago! I just found out that Will (guitar), Danny (bass), and Matt (drums) are all NEC graduates--how cool!
Below is one of my favoite songs from their album "Darling oh Darling"
From 2013 on, this blog will serve as a photo-blog encompassing students, friends, family, and other fun life events!