SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Gabriel Bachman, a Scotch Plains resident and a junior at the Academy for Allied Health Sciences wanted to use his passion for music to spread some joy during the COVID-19 pandemic. He contacted some of his friends from the award-winning Scotch Plains Fanwood High School Moonglowers jazz band. They decided to put a band together to perform during this challenging time.

On June 2, the band set up in the courtyard at the Chelsea Senior Living center in Fanwood and played popular jazz tunes for the residents. To ensure everyone’s safety, the residents stayed in their rooms with their windows open, so that they could hear the beautiful music and the band members socially distanced from each other and wore face masks.

For 45 minutes, the residents enjoyed some live jazz music, including All of Me, Girl from Ipanema, and Blue Skies.  The jazz rhythm group consists of Sophie Pritchett on vocals (SPFHS, who is headed to the music industry program at Drexel University Honors College this fall), Aditya Phatak on drums (Scotch Plains Fanwood High School, Sophomore), Aditya Aggarwal on bass guitar (Union County Vocational-Technical High School, Sophomore), Nirayka Monga on keyboard (Academy for Information Technology, Sophomore) and Gabriel Bachman on guitar.  

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They hope to have other opportunities to perform in the coming weeks.

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