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Young Musicians of Searingtown Salute Those Who Have Served

Young Musicians of Searingtown Salute Those Who Have Served

 

On May 29, the Searingtown Elementary School Chamber Club visited senior citizens at the Herricks Community Center and presented an uplifting patriotic Memorial Day salute. More than 80 students performed favorites such as “The Star Spangled Banner,” “Chester,” “Yankee Doodle,” “American Patrol,” “Dr. Dixieland” and “1812 Overture” before an adoring audience that clapped and sang along.  

The highlight of the concert came when the musicians shared the songs of various branches of the armed forces as one continuous march and invited veterans and their families to stand when their branch was recognized. Members of the audience stood up proudly and often tearfully one by one to receive acknowledgment for their great service to our country.

“It was a spectacular performance,” said Emmanuel Chang, parent of a fifth-grade band member assisted with the event and has composed some music for the club. “I was moved nearly to tears when the veterans and service members' families stood during the rendition of Armed Forces March. For the two ensembles to play at such a high level with flawless coordination is a testament to their hard work and the inspiration of Mr. Stevens and Ms. Somma.”

“Our goal today was to make sure the children in this next generation realize and are grateful for what sacrifices others have made for them,” said teacher David Stevens. It’s about appreciation, recognition, and respect. Humility. I think we did our part and we hope the sense of appreciation for past generations continues to grow.”

The Searingtown Chamber Club is comprised of students ages 8-10 who attend extra weekly rehearsals to learn numerous songs spanning diverse styles from holiday music, to marches, to full symphonic orchestral works and original compositions, dixieland, and rock and roll.  They bring their talent to general audiences in public spaces including the Atrium at Lord and Taylor Manhasset, St. Aidan's Church, Williston Park Town Hall, and of course the ever-appreciative seniors at the Herricks Community Center. 

In a short year's time, these children learn how to plan, manage their music portfolios and setup and perform in unfamiliar environments. Most importantly, they acquire the appreciation of ambassadorship that their music making can bring to large diverse audiences.

 

 

Searingtown Salutes Veterans

Searingtown Salutes Veterans