Members of the Simsbury High School music program had toes tapping and hands clapping as they performed well-known folk tunes for McLean residents on June 12 in the fireside lobby.
Many of the performers are part of the Tri M Music Honor Society, a program of the National Association for Music Education. The group participates in The Harmony Bridge Project, an initiative started by Michael Levine, founder of the Dallas Brass, which encourages student musicians to play for the elderly in their local communities.
Lisa Abel, Simsbury High School Band Director and Faculty Advisor for the Tri M Music Honor Society, accompanied the group, but explained that the group is really self-directed. “This program encourages the students to go out into the community on their own and share their music with people who would otherwise be unable to attend performances. This is good practice for when they’re out of high school and have to take the initiative.”
Lively tunes such as “All the Live Long Day”, “Skip to My Lou”, and “Do You Know the Muffin Man” had the audience singing and clapping during the half hour long performance. “It’s so wonderful to have the students perform. We look forward to their visit every year,” says June Kish of McLean’s Therapeutic Recreation program. “It really brightens up the day and gets everyone moving and grooving.”