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The Band Rocks at the River

The 5th grade band, new to Rocky River this year, treated us to a fantastic concert. They played three songs; “March of the Romans” composed by Michael Sweeney, “Ode to Joy” composed by Beethoven and “Bugler’s Dream” by Léo Arnaud. The students, who picked up their instruments for the first time in the fall, have been practicing these songs since January. Ms. Natassia Lail, our band director, was very excited to have our first concert at Rocky River. “The students worked very hard all year and are very excited to be able to show off their skills to us”, she said at the concert.

Micah Harris, a 5th grade flute player in Mr. Haas’ class, loved band this year. “It was my first experience with an instrument. I really liked that we got to learn something other than academics in school. Ms. Lail was very nice, patient and kind. She taught us how to read the music, play the instrument and learn the songs. I am excited about playing band at the middle school.”

Van Shaver, a 5th grader in Mr. Haas’ class, also really enjoyed being in Band. He feels really good about practicing hard at playing his trombone. “When you are done playing, your lips feel weird.”
“The hardest part about Band is learning the new songs and notes. I laugh at myself when I mess up and just try again. That’s what I tell my friends to do too so that Band can be fun and not stressful.”
Van remembers when he was told that he got in Band and how proud he was. He is looking forward to playing in the Band in middle school.

Joanna Barley is a band member from Ms. Marshall’s class. Her favorite part about band this year has been getting to pick out her instrument of choice, the clarinet. “It was hard to make it make music because of the reed. I got it and really liked playing in front of my parents for our concert.” Joanna plans to play the clarinet next year in middle school.

Written by: Kelleigh Bland
Posted: May 24, 2010 by Kelleigh Bland

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