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Belmar Elementary School Band, Chorus Gear Up for Interdistrict Music Festival

With Belmar Elementary music director Tom Brennan looking on, Eagle Band members keep the car wash moving — an event that raised some $370 to support its participation in an upcoming music festival. Credits: Cathy Goetz

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Elementary School Eagle Band’s spring car wash was like a symphony in motion on Saturday, May 6.

As band members worked together to wet, soap, scrub, wet and then dry each vehicle, music director Tom Brennan, with megaphone in hand, kept the line moving. And to the delight of the students, he even brought donuts for the morning event, held in the school’s parking lot.

“We had a very good turnout of both students and parents,” Brennan said, adding that some $370 was raised to help the school’s band and chorus participate on May 24 in an interdistrict Music Festival at IPlay America, Freehold.

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Belmar students will join with their peers from Spring Lake Heights and Bay Head elementary schools for the festival, where they will rehearse in small groups — divided by brass, woodwind and percussion instruments for Belmar’s 80-member band and by gender for its 75-member chorus.

“Each group works with a specialist in that instrumental or vocal area,” explained Belmar chorus director Kerry White, who organized the event. She and Brennan will assist the percussion rehearsal group.

The festival will culminate with a full band and chorus performance, led by guest conductors Keith Presty of the Highland Park School District and Vincent Mottern of the Fair Haven School District.

“Last year was the first year we organized this event, so we hope to make it better and better each year,” White said.


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