PHOENIX – The Emerson J. Dillon Middle School gymnasium was buzzing with excitement and tunes during its recent Music in Our Schools Month concert.
Students in fifth through seventh grades performed nearly a dozen songs to an audience of friends, family and Phoenix Central School District staff.
The fifth grade band kicked off the evening with “Land of the Rising Sun” and “Uskudar,” under the direction of Joanna Young.
Following that performance, the fifth and sixth grade chorus sang “Tongo” (Polynesia) and “Ciranda da Lua” (Brazil) as they embraced the evening’s theme of Music Around the World.
Sixth grade band students continued to weave the theme into their performances as they played Irish and African music, followed by the seventh and eighth grade chorus’ songs inspired by Korea and Zambia.
The evening wrapped up with a trifecta of songs from the seventh and eighth grade band, including “Around the World in 80 Measures,” “Sheherazade” and “La Virgen de la Macarena.”
In addition to the “Music Around the World,” there were other activities and artwork on display throughout the building that incorporated aspects of other cultures and countries.