Students in the Fulton City School District were treated to a special surprise this week when professional cellist Greg Wood took time out of his busy performance and teaching schedule for a day-long visit.
His visit included stops at G. Ray Bodley High School to speak with students in grades nine through twelve and then stops at Volney Elementary School and Lanigan Elementary School to speak with fifth and sixth grade orchestra members.
He played a variety of pieces for the student-musicians with his acoustic cello, including the first solo cello piece that was written by Johann Sebastian Bach. He demonstrated several different playing techniques and then asked the students to follow his lead in a call and response style of playing.
As a special highlight, Mr. Wood gave students an opportunity to try their hand at playing an electric cello and an electric violin.
Mr. Wood was the assistant principal cellist of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra for 33 years, and currently serves as the assistance principal cellist of Symphoria. He is an adjunct professor at Syracuse University and most recently performed with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Additionally, Mr. Wood taught in the Fulton City School District during the 2007-2008 school year.