Thursday, January 31, 2013
The Beat Goes On at Collington
By Josh Soto, Music Teacher, Collington Square School of the Arts
If you are reading this, that’s great! I want to take a minute to brag about the amazing musicians in the Collington Square School of the Arts Middle School Band. By now, you might have already heard about the drum line performing for over 200 teachers on January 22nd, or maybe you haven’t.
By the way, THE DRUMLINE PERFORMED FOR OVER 200 TEACHERS ON JANUARY 22ND AT THE BALTIMORE CURRICULUM PROJECT'S WINTER 2013 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE!!!
Ok, maybe I should calm down a bit. Actually, maybe I should not because good work should be highlighted. Since September, the drum line and the entire middle school band have been performing.
The drum line performed at the Baltimore Book Festival on the Main Stage and rocked! They were absolutely, positively, amazing. They played with confidence, poise, and professionalism.
Next, they performed for our 1st quarter assembly. In the second quarter, the complete middle grade band along with my drum line performed our annual holiday concert at “The Shops at Kenilworth Mall” in Towson. It was a wonderful experience where we had the privilege of performing for our Principal, Melvin Holmes and BCP Academic Director, John McGill as they were in attendance.
We then went on to perform the same holiday concert for our school during our 2nd quarter assembly. I would like to highlight Taren St. Clair, Toni Brown, and Denashya Watts for performing solos and duets during these same holiday concerts.
In conclusion, music is alive and well at Collington Square. Like I said earlier, the children should be highlighted and made to shine. In paraphrasing the words of Katy Perry, the musicians and all of us at Collington should consider ourselves ‘fireworks, showing the world what we are worth, making them say oh, oh, oh, as we shoot across the sky.” Thank you.