Thursday, June 5, 2014

Oh What a Night...

Instead of watching Jeopardy last night, I drove to Pacific High School Auditorium, where the graduation stage and chairs were still lined up from last Friday's eve event, this time to celebrate the end of the school year with Driftwood Elementary Band. I almost didn't go. After all, the school had hired a new music teacher just last fall, and there had not really been a band in the past years.

Our Song Along the Driftwood Shore
We are pleased to present a selection of vocal and instrumental pieces with a special performance media presentation.

They, k-8 students, rocked the house last night, from ballet movements of the lower grades to a jazzy band of the upper grades who could play  anything given them, including a piece they wrote, arranged and expertly "taught" the audience how they put the piece together.
Many children had  solo parts, both as presenters and as performers.

The talented  piano/voice of Nathan Malamud received special recognition.

Would you believe these band members have only been practicing together for one year?

 Way to go, Driftwood.

 The house was filled with families and community members like myself, enjoying the dances, the music, and even a film written, acted, and produced by the 4th/5th grade media class.

Kudos to the performers and to Mr Morganti, the music teacher and director of all productions, who harnessed the talent and imagination of the children through hard work, practice and sheer joy that comes when a job is well done and shared easily.

Indeed! Every child was enjoying himself/herself, and family members beamed the whole time. I felt transported to the times my own children were young and in school productions. But this performance didn't take place in a big school, with a big budget and hundreds of parents with special skills.

I close with a quote from Mr. Morganti on the back of the program:
"...We have found Port Orford to be a warm, honest place that values quality education for its young people..."

Our thanks to Mr. Morganti, staff and support groups, who value education and their young people to see that the arts and all academic areas are of high quality.


Brian Miller said...

oh wow...would have been cool to see the kids alive in their art....def well worth cutting off jeopardy...smiles.

Rubye Jack said...

Oh it does sound like a beautiful evening. I would think you probably get a lot of musically talented folks out that way and they have passed it all on to their children.

Marty Damon said...

Wow! You are truly fortunate in the faculty at that school. It sounds like a magical evening.

L. D. said...

Yes it takes a few years for a director to rebuild a band. They sounded good and that was a good thing for you. I remember we had a few years in out school when the sixth grade were playing songs that could not be recognized.

A Cuban In London said...

Wow, that must have been some night! :-) Thank you very much for letting us know about it.

Greetings from London.

Helen said...

What a heartwarming post! Children who receive this wonderful training in the arts are miles ahead of those who are not as fortunate! It's tragic when funding isn't a priority .. not possible. Three cheers for Port Orford, the educators, families, community AND students! Thanks for sharing, Rosaria!

the walking man said...

Wonderful. Our kids get no art education in the regular public schools anymore. They have to go to a charter or magnet school specifically focusing on that. Of course 3 out of 5 fail the test-in process.

Becky Jerdee said...

sounds great!

troutbirder said...

So there are schools they are successful. How amazing contradictory to the usual line on talk radio....