A Night in Rio!
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Saturday, February 11, 2017
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On Wednesday, February 8th, the Veterans Park Band Program, under the direction of Ms. Nicole Sousa, Veterans Park Band Director, performed their 2nd concert of the year in the Ludlow High School auditorium, to rave reviews.  The theme for this  entertaining and impressive concert was A Night in Rio!  Student musicians took their audience on an exciting staycation adventure;  dressed in brightly multi- colored costumes, including masks and beads  to celebrate the Carnivale; a week long Brazilian celebration of revelry and fun typically held this time of the year.

Sousa explained that the 4th Grade band members were excited to perform four songs including: Frog in a Bucket, Old McDonald Had a Shave, Go Tell Aunt Rhody and Jingle Bells. Sousa was extremely proud as she explained, “These very talented students were eager to show off their new skills- new notes and harder rhythmic patterns- which was obvious throughout their performances.”

The 5th grade band members exquisitely performed : Midnight Madness by Brian Balmages, and Jester Dance by Mekel Rogers. Sousa explained, “The 5th grade band members have been working hard to master several National Music Standards including : Standard 3.5 Perform in groups, blending instrumental timbres, matching dynamic levels, and responding to the cues of a conductor and Standard 3.6 Perform independent instrumental parts while other students sing or play contrasting parts. And tonight their hard work was definitely evident in their amazing performances.”

“It was an incredibly fun night filled with laughter and smiles,” shared Sousa at the end of the concert. “We hope to continue this tradition next year. It was great to see all the masks and costumes that students created.”

Sousa also pointed out that one of the highlights of the evening was the final announcement as the concert ended… students had permission to sleep in late on Thursday since Dr. Gazda had announced a snow day for February 9th!!


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