Pottsgrove MS Students ‘Spring’ A Musical Party

UPPER POTTSGROVE PA – “Spring,” comedian Robin Williams once proclaimed, “is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s Party!’.” That’s a sentiment to which dozens of talented Pottsgrove Middle School students might readily relate.

The thriving musicians and singers at the North Hanover Street middle school would have normally held their live-performance spring concerts by now. Audience restrictions related to the slowly retreating coronavirus pandemic, however, made that impossible.

So they, music teachers, and directors collaborated to offer a next-best-kind of party: three separate videos that provide virtual entertainment from the Middle School Band, Orchestra, and Chorus.

The band’s video was posted Saturday (May 28, 2021) to YouTube; the orchestra and chorus performances both were added Monday (June 1). Probably to no one’s surprise, more than 1,100 viewers collectively have enjoyed the results of their efforts (all below) in just three days of a holiday weekend.

The band, directed by Ben Hayes, presents numbers by its marching band, concert band, flute ensemble, and jazz band components. It also portrays the “typical life” of a middle school band member during the course of a year. The exercise is well-suited for those who may be unaware of all that goes into learning pieces and preparing for concerts.

For the orchestra, directed by William Einhorn, its performance of the finale from the “Serenade for String Orchestra” is prefaced by a bonus explanation of what led Tchaikovsky to its composition. Also featured are performances of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Celtic Sunrise” by Soon Hee Newbold.

Chorus director Alyson Trout leads the middle school voices through renditions of Elijah Rock!, The Sounds of Silence, a compilation of songs composed with the same four chords (guaranteed to surprise any pop music lover), and “Home,” by American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips.

All three directors also announce and offer congratulations to winners of end-of-the-year music awards.

Photo from a screenshot of the chorus video