GREENBURGH, N.Y. The R.J. Bailey School's concert band received a standing ovation after its rendition of "O Come All Ye Faithful." They did not sound like fourth, fifth and sixth graders, several audience members and a teacher said.
On Wednesday night, the R.J. Bailey students celebrated the holidays by boasting their musical talents at the winter concert, which featured four different ensembles: band, chorus, string and dance.
"It's a really big deal for them," said music teacher and winter concert conductor Douglas Denniston. "It's really cool. The energy is great. The kids are very festive. It's really exciting. They were all working really hard to make sure everything was perfect. They're really invested in what they're doing. And they try to do their very best for their parents. It's really great."
While the students had mastered their skills in rehearsal since September and were excited to perform, one student made Denniston smile even more. Last week, a young girl happily relayed to him that he grandmother was coming to the concert and that she was now even more excited to showcase her skills in the concert.
"The holidays are a magical time for kids, for them to be able to get up there and come together and have everyone know their parts, Denniston said. Everything comes together with all that work and energy. It shows off their love of performing, and sharing that."
The R.J. Bailey student ensembles will also perform for their spring concert in May.
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