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IMG_2932.jpgSpanning April through June, Islip’s sterling spring concert season included impressive band, chorus and orchestra performances by the high school (April 30 and June 9), middle school (May 6 and 14), Sherwood (June 7 and 11) and Commack Road (May 13 and June 3). At each evening’s show, in front of appreciative audiences of family and friends, the student-musicians – from excited beginners to adept senior players – displayed their deep love of music and the fruits of the top-notch instruction provided by the district’s music staff.

“For many of our students, this is the capstone event,” said Director of Fine and Performing Arts Vincent Green. “They’ve worked their way up to section leader, soloist or student conductor. After four years, students develop a strong connection to their classmates and teachers. They see a variety of educators in their four years here, but the constant is their music director. It makes for a very emotional evening.”

“I am so proud of all of the band students,” said SES band director Elaine Perrillo,  “The Level 1 fourth-graders played an awesome concert and showed they are real musicians in the making. The Level 2 band was wonderfully musical and exciting, a testament to their love of the compositions.”

“It is always such a joy to see the culmination of all the hard work the students have put in, in the form of a wonderful performance,” said the middle school’s band director, Allison Jeanes. “To feel the excitement as they take the stage, see the determination on their faces as they perform and hear how far they have come over the course of the school year – these all show the amazing effect of music in their lives. We are very fortunate to live and work in a district that rigorously supports the arts.”

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