Celebrating music at Fulton Junior High

Orchestra student Collin Bennett (foreground) laughs as Principal Ryan Lanigan plucks the violin during a guest solo.
    Orchestra student Collin Bennett (foreground) laughs as Principal Ryan Lanigan plucks the violin during a guest solo.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Fulton Junior High School’s Music Department recently held a spring concert as part of Music In Our Schools Month.

The seventh-grade orchestra, under the direction of Danielle Delfanian, performed the “Bushwascker Stomp”, “The Bachaneer” and “Guest Soloist.” Principal Ryan Lanigan was invited to “play” the violin, amusing both the student musicians and audience.

The eighth-grade orchestra performed “MacPherson’s Lament”, Irish folk song “Fiddle-me-oo-re-i-re-a” and “Chant, Chorale and Dance.”

The seventh-grade chorus, under the direction of Stephanie Almeter and accompanied by Cathy Chirello, sang “Rejoice in the Music”, “ I’ve Got the Music in Me,” and “Lift Me Up.” The last song featured soloists Courtney Miner, Luis Pagan, Kacey Markarian and Nick Brown.

The eighth-grade chorus sang “I Have To Sing”, “Cups” and traditional spiritual “Swing Down Ezekiel.” The second song featured soloist Alexis Phelps. Olivia Abrams, Mikahala Horning, Ariel Stacy, Julia Allen and Madison Wilson made up the rhythm section.

The seventh-grade band, under the direction of Debra Farden, performed two songs, “American Spirit March” and “Year of Dragon.” Eighth-graders performed “The Rowan Tree” and “John Williams: Movie Adventures.” Parents and community members hummed along to familiar movie theme songs, from E.T. to Star Wars.

Throughout the evening, students read short narratives, expressing what music meant to them.

“Without music, my life would be dull,” said one student. Another said music was a way to express her feelings.

 

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