Plattekill Elementary School’s Grade 5 and 6 Band and Chorus performed in a winter concert on December 16. It was a very special event, since in-person performances had been halted in March 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns.
The musicians, who performed before an appreciative audience of family and friends, were following in the musical footsteps of the school’s Orchestra members, who gave their own in-person concert on December 6.
“It is so nice to be able to see students playing music together again,” said Band Director Meredith Rubinstein. “Music is such a communal experience.”
Multiple precautionary measures against COVID-19 spread were taken to ensure the health and safety of everyone during the performance, including distanced seating, masks, and sanitation stations. Woodwind players in the band wore special double-layered masks, which allowed them to play through their mouthpieces as they normally would, while flute players sported a special plastic guard in front of their mouthpieces.
Chorus members, led by Kirsten Rolon, the director of music for the District, treated the audience to a beautiful medley of holiday songs, including “Walking in a Winter Wonderland,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,’’ and “Jingle Bell Rock.” Band members rocked such favorites as “Jingle Bells” and “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”
“These students, many of whom performed in several groups throughout the night, are amazing!” said Mrs. Rolon. “They are so dedicated and have worked very hard. We are extremely proud of them!”