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2015-06-05 / Education

St. John’s students present Americana concert

Students recently presented an Americana styled concert at St. John the Baptist School in Kenmore.

Attired in red, white and blue, students performed an assortment of popular American folk songs that they studied throughout the school year.

The history of the folk songs represented such cultural traditions as English, Irish, Scottish, German and African-American spirituals, including the sounds of Pete Seeger, John Lomax and Ruth Crawford.

“Skip to My Lou,” “Oh! Susanna” and “Buffalo Gals” were just a few of the melodies presented.

The third-grade students presented the early 20th century folk song “Cindy”— made famous by Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash — in honor of Principal Cynthia Jacobs.

In addition to vocals, there were several instrumental presentations, including the second graders use of boom whackers. Boom whackers are hollow plastic tubes that are tuned to musical pitches. The students tapped these instruments on the back of chairs as they played “Jingle Whackers” and “Ode to Boom.” Music teacher Lawrence Rizzuto said he enjoys working with students using these instruments. “They are light, easy to play, and help develop creativity and motor skills,” he said. “The children really enjoy playing them and it’s a wonderful way to reinforce musical principals.”

The concert concluded with all students and guests singing a rendition of “America.”



Students Catherine Norris, Hadley Leonard, Maria Shilen and Abel Fleckenstein sing in a recent concert at St. John the Baptist School in Kenmore. Students Catherine Norris, Hadley Leonard, Maria Shilen and Abel Fleckenstein sing in a recent concert at St. John the Baptist School in Kenmore.

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