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Pulaski Middle School Delivers Flawless Performance at Winter Concert

PULASKI, NY – Pulaski Middle School students delivered flawless instrumental and vocal performances at their recent winter concert.

Director Bill Whaley leads the Pulaski sixth grade band in a winter concert performance.
Director Bill Whaley leads the Pulaski sixth grade band in a winter concert performance.

The sixth grade chorus performed “Do You Hear What I Hear,” which featured numerous soloists as well as “Festival of Lights” by Tom Anderson among others.

A unique “African Hallelu” by Patrick Liebergen included several students on accompanying drums, a maraca and a wood block.

Tessa Eisel, Madelyne Vashaw, Omar Al-Reyyes, Emily Gareau and Kaylee Hood were recognized as All County participants.

The sixth grade band performed “Intensity” by O’Loughlin as well as three festive pieces including “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” which director Bill Whaley said was a very difficult piece as it is played in 3/4 time.

“Three-four time is very difficult for kids this age,” said Whaley. “But they have done a wonderful job with it.”

Elaina Derr, Abi Schouten, Sean McGregor, Austin Dufrane, Aron Gilbo, Ethan Ashby and Ethan Facey were recognized as All County Participants for the sixth grade band.

Whaley directed both the sixth grade band as well as the seventh and eighth grade band who performed “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Loesser/Moss featuring soloists McKenna McCormack, Fabiana Suarez, Alexis Robinson and Gabe Hanley.

All County Band students Holly McCarty, Josh Carguello, Fabianna Suarez and Garrett Lawton were recognized.

The sixth grade chorus as well as the seventh and eighth grade chorus was directed by Aimee Mumford. “Bidi Bom” by David Eddleman and “The First Noel” by Michael Clawson were some of the pieces the seventh and eighth grade chorus performed.

Junior High Area All State singers Austin Schouten, Aiden Farmer and Khalil Al-Reyyes were recognized.

The evening concluded with a combined chorus and band effort in “Sleigh Ride” arranged by Brymer.