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Standing-room-only crowd turns out for Dillon music showcase

Hundreds of student musicians entertained a capacity crowd in the Emerson J. Dillon Middle School gymnasium on March 18 as part of a music showcase.

“We are thrilled to be putting together this showcase for you,” music teacher Liza Grethel said. “It’s been a long time since we had a concert of this size and we’re excited to do this for you tonight.”

EJD music teacher Shirley Kelly leads the fifth and sixth grade chorus on the piano during a school-wide music showcase March 18 in the EJD gymnasium.
EJD music teacher Shirley Kelly leads the fifth and sixth grade chorus on the piano during a school-wide music showcase March 18 in the EJD gymnasium.

EJD Principal Sue Anderson commended the students for their dedication to their music.

She anticipated that their practice would be evident throughout the performance.

“You will be really entertained,” Anderson said.

That prediction came to fruition as band, chorus and jazz band performances brought the audience to its feet. Student band members delighted the crowd with songs such as “Bugler’s Dream,” “Crunch Time,” “Aggressivo,” and “Crystal Moon.”

Vocalists belted out numbers including “High Hopes,” “How Can I Keep from Singing?” and “Cantar!”

After separate performances from the different ensembles, all the groups came together for the grand finale sing-along featuring songs from “The Wizard of Oz.”

The EJD music showcase coincided with Music in Our Schools Month, which is held annually in March to highlight the importance of music education.

The Phoenix Central School District is on the list of Best Communities for Music Education, as determined by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation.