There was music in the air and artwork in the gallery at our Lower School’s annual "Arts in Action" showcase this week. Third, Fourth, and Fifth Graders performed music for their families on stage in the Hall of the Arts, while the lobby gallery walls featured art by students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
This year's theme was "Brighter Days" and the performers shared uplifting songs and wore bright clothes for the occasion. The after-school dance group "Dance Explorations" got the show started with a choreographed ribbon dance, then made way for the Third Grade Band, who performed Howard Jones' "Things Can Only Get Better" on xylophones, drums, and with voices. Fourth Grade was up next, singing a version of George Harrison's "Here Comes the Sun" before performing an African influenced xylophone and drums piece entitled "Two Three." Next came our Fifth Graders with Ben E. King's "Stand By Me." Their band included singers, ukuleles, xylophones, drums, handbells, and even guirros (percussion instrument). For a grand finale, all three grades closed the show singing Johnny Nash's hit "I Can See Clearly Now."
It was a real treat to have families back on campus enjoying the performances live and in person! I was so proud of the students and the job they did. I wish the students could have heard all the great positive feedback I got from families after the show.
– Steve Pierce, Lower School Music teacher