Ithaca High Band Does Outreach

On Wednesday May 27th, the IHS Band Director Nicki Zawel arrived with her Woodwind Quintet students at Caroline Elementary School, and for a half an hour the musicians played to a full cafeteria of very excited students. The Caroline students proudly identified the five instruments played by the Quintet with Zach Montague on flute, Dan Snedeker on bassoon, Madeline Zehnder on clarinet, Josh Endo on french horn, and Kailey Eldredge on oboe. They listened carefully and eagerly answered questions about music asked by Mrs. Zawel. To enthusiastic applause, the Quintet played selections that included themes of musical conversations, animals, a masquerade ball and ended with a shortened version of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf narrated by Mrs. Zawel. The Caroline music teacher Mr. Woodridge was thrilled with the outreach concert and the chance to introduce his elementary students to high school students who began their musical careers playing instruments in elementary school. Mrs. Zawel is hoping to interest more schools in a short performance and despite losing two seniors to graduation, hopes to continue a similar outreach next year.