The Hastings-Mallory Elementary School Fourth and Fifth Grade Chorus and Band recently gave a rousing performance to their peers, as a preview of the annual spring show for parents and community members.
Under the direction of Ronald Hurne, the elementary chorus opened with a strong performance of “Tongo,” a Filipino song about calling for one another.
The younger students in the audience cheered when the chorus sang “The Erie Canal” and some students also swayed to the sounds of “Count on Me,” made famous by Bruno Mars, and “Let Music Live!”
Several chorus members then joined their intermediate and beginning bandmates for the Olympic Fanfare “Bugler’s Dream.” Director Lindsey Ezzo led the beginning band through “Cadets on Parade” and group soloists through “Shine.”
Audience members followed along, when the amusing “Creatures in the Attic” in which a poem is read to accompanying music, was played.
Principal Lawrence Wink joined the intermediate band by playing bass guitar for the Chicago hit “25 or 6 to 4” and students in the gymnasium erupted in cheer after both bands began the finale piece, “Star Wars (Main Theme).”
Hurne spoke with students about what they learned in general music this year about various sounds and types of instruments. He said he was eager to receive concert feedback from the younger students.
Ezzo said she hoped third graders were inspired by the performance and will consider joining the band next school year.