GREEN BROOK, NJ – On Saturday, Jan. 21, members of the Green Brook Middle School Jazz Band performed at local senior facilities throughout the area, including the Chelsea in Warren, Brandywine at Middlebrook Crossing, and at the Abingdon Care in Green Brook. 

Under the direction of drummer Max Schwartz, as part of his Mitzvah project, the middle school musicians toured and entertained community members with such jazz favorites as April in Paris and My Little Suede Shoes. Encores were requested and the jazz group quickly modified their senior band piece, The Best of Chicago, to accommodate the band. Additionally, Brandywine residents requested photos with the band after the performance. 

"It was great to see the people we performed for tapping their feet and smiling while they listened to us play music,” said Schwartz. “The best part was when they asked us to stay and play more songs when we were done with our set list."

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The GBMS Jazz Band is run under the direction of Vincent Sorensen, who was recently named Governor's Teacher of the Year at GBMS. The band members who took part in this event were Benjamin DeGuilo, Teagan Wittmaack, Rahul Verma, and Tyler Wu, along with Schwartz on drums.

"As their band director, I could not possibly be any prouder of these students," said Sorenson. "The use of their musical talents for the greater good in this way really speaks to how good of a person each one of them is. I am so fortunate to have a band program that is full of such great young people."

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