Mustang Band's Showcase Thrills District Third Graders

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Last night the Showband of the Northeast performed its first annual Showcase Concert with the goal of inspiring current third graders, who will soon be able to choose an instrument to study as fourth graders. The auditorium was buzzing with excitement before the show even started with dozens of families filling most of the seats and young children spotting classmates with happy smiles and waving hands. 

The concert started with a small ensemble centered on the floor, fronted by a piccolo-twirling Jordan David. After a few bars of controlled, stately music, Andrew Sieradzki on tuba laid down a low brass bass line while the remaining band members broke into dance. Joining the tuba, the drumline congaed onto the stage and after being summoned by Luke Kulesa's attention-grabbing hits to the snare, the rest of the marching band burst through the doors in the back of the auditorium, filling the room with their signature high-stepping style, flipping capes, and of course...music. The three-person color guard led the band, our baton-twirling majorettes brought up the rear, and Angelina Pacosa, our drum majorette, took her place out in front. It was a spectacular start to the evening.

The program included plenty of kid-friendly pieces, including several from Frozen. As the band played and colored lights projected amorphous shapes on the ceiling, you could hear sweetly high-pitched voices singing along from their seats..."Let it go, let it go...." 

An instrument demonstration, emceed by band director Bryan Stepneski, added a light-hearted and educational element to the event. Section leaders each took a moment to show off their instruments as well as their fun personalities. 

Clifton dad, Rick Fierro, said this of the event, "We had an excellent time. It was such a fun night out for the family. The CHS band is just incredible, and the show was fun, engaging, and even educational. I had a smile on my face the entire time, and so did all the kids! They were even singing along to some of the songs! And the band members even stayed to meet with the kids after the show to answer questions, take photos, and even let the kids try out the instruments!"

Rick's daughter Gabby (pictured with Jordan) said, "I definitely want to play an instrument now! Definitely!"

If you missed the showcase - or if you want to watch it again - you can view the full concert HERE. Clifton is lucky to have such a strong music program and, speaking as the parent of a senior who started in fourth grade at School 2 and is already signed up to join the Rutgers marching band, being part of this organization is a real life-changing experience. Encourage your children to learn an instrument. There is nothing like music to bring people together.

Thanks to all of our district administrators for supporting the arts, particularly our Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts, Jason Leshowitz. Thanks also to all of our district music teachers, but especially to our amazing CHS band director, Bryan Stepneski.

Photo credit: Rick Fierro

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