DENVILLE, NJ- In a ritual that takes place this time of year all across the country, the Lakeview Elementary School band performed their spring concert on April 22 in front of a large audience of family and friends.
The band at Lakeview is made up of fourth and fifth grade students. The students who are in the band get to have a choice of flute, oboe, clarinet, alto saxaphone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone or percussion.
The instrumental music program at Lakeview Elementary School is under the direction of Sarah Kelly, and it was evident that her students love playing under her direction.
The silver band performed first, entertaining those at the concert with “Uptown Strut” composed by Robert Sheldon. The silver band clarinets took the stage after, playing the Repasz “Band March” that was composed by Harry J. Lincoln.
The Gold band played melodies of “She Loves You”, the famous Beatles hit, followed by “Salvation is Created” by Pavel Tschesnokoff. For the finale, the gold and silver band performed together the arrangement of “25 or 6 to 4” by Robert Lamm.
After the concert, as family and friends congratulated the students on a performance well done, TAP into Denville was able to ask a few of the students some questions about what they love most about being in the Lakeview instrumental music program.
Fourth grader Paola Vellaro plays saxaphone in the silver band. She takes lessons after school, but she just loves being in the band.
"I like being in the band. I love my instrument and I love learning to play it,” Vellaro said excitedly.
Andrew Bien, Christian Barnard and Reed Barnard are also members of the silver band. Reed and Andrew play trumpet, while Christian plays clarinet. They all unanimously agreed that they love band because it allows them to do one of their favorite things, “Make noise.”
"Being in concert and playing an instrument is fun, but being able to make a lot of noise is our favorite!" Bien said, as his friends laughed and nodded in agreement.
This was the fifth graders last concert at Lakeview before they move on to play in the Valleyview Middle School instrumental music program. The fifth graders made a special presentation to their teacher, thanking her for teaching them to love music.
April Faber, Marina Milelli, Lindsey Clark, and Catherine Amato all agreed that Mrs. Kelly is the best teacher they have had.
"We love Mrs. Kelly. She lets us play pop music. We also all like the people we have met in band. It's like a family at Thanksgiving. We are in a happy mood when we play," Clark said happily.
Faber, Milelli, Clark, and Amato are all planning to continue playing next year at Valleyview Middle School.
The concert was a great success for all who performed.