Dusten Rader/Express staff
Northville Central School Music Department held its first annual 4th-12th spring concert May 4. Garbage beats featured four students playing trash cans, including: middle schoolers Kerrigan Groff and Hannah Lent and high schoolers Jessica Miller and Carina Oare.
By DUSTEN RADER
Fulton County Express
NORTHVILLE — Hundreds of parents, students and faculty gathered Thursday night in the auditorium at Northville Central School to celebrate spring with a concert.
The NCS Music Department held its first annual 4th-12th outdoor spring concert inside due to inclement weather. Several standing ovations and indicated that the change in venue didn’t make the event any less enjoyable for attendees.
“Music is passion for our students,” said Tammy Reidell, elementary principal. “This is a great way to showcase what they have learned throughout the year. Their teachers do a great job of preparing them for their concerts. It’s wonderful to see all the community support — it’s a way to get families out together to enjoy the success of their children.”
The evening featured performances by 11 groups, including: African drum circle, elementary choir, beginning band, elementary band, garbage beats, middle school band, high school choir, middle school choir, high school band, and jazz band.
A variety of genres as well as classic and contemporary pieces were performed during the event. The evening began with a spirited 5th grade African drum circle that garnered much praise from the audience.
Garbage beats featured four students playing trash cans, including: middle schoolers Kerrigan Groff and Hannah Lent and high schoolers Jessica Miller and Carina Oare.
The high school band invited Director of Facilities Mike Catalina on stage to play electric guitar during “Stairway to Heaven.”
“American Celebration,” a combined performance with the high school band and middle school choir, earned the students a standing ovation.
The night concluded with the jazz band, which went out with a band on Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition.”
The choral portions were directed by Kristy Matthews, who said its a delight to work with elementary students and an honor and joy to work with the middle and high schoolers.
Kristy’s mother, Fay Fagnant of Porter Corners, was in the front row to support her daughter. Fagnant said she’s been to nearly every concert since Kristy started at Northville 15 years ago. She noted that the program has grown significantly over the years thanks to the efforts of Kristy, Band Director Michael Graves and support of the school administration.
“We want to showcase that we have a strong arts program,” said Kyle McFarland, middle and high school principal. “ We put a value on it to support and to grow these programs. In a time where a lot of schools are cutting these — we’re actually putting money into these programs to make them stronger.”
In addition to the performances, nine students were inducted into the National Honor Society, including: senior Richard Arnold; junior Patricia Cahill; sophomores John Bace, Adeline Crosby, Jenna Forsey, and John Sira; and freshmen Karissa Finley, Josephine Mannix and Maddison Whittaker. Graves also presented senior Kaelan Blowers with the John Phillip Sousa Award.