Toward the end of this past school year, the William Paca Middle School Jazz Band and Jazz Choir had the amazing opportunity to perform on stage at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, tour the facilities including the backstage suites, the green room and get an up-close look at the technical gear that is used to help make the performances a success.
Upon arrival at the venue, students and teachers were greeted by Adam Citron, the General Manager at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater and Live Nation, and several technical advisors. Mr. Citron met with students and teachers, and provided a summary of how a professional group or solo artist prepares for an evening performance — from transportation, sound checks, technical set-up and backstage accommodations. He also discussed the job of a crew member and the schooling involved for those interested in pursuing a career in the industry.
After the tour, the theater’s technical department helped unload the equipment from the buses, and the Jazz Band and Jazz Choir performed on the same stage where some of the world’s most famous musical artists have performed. “It was an exhilarating experience for the students and the directors,” said Joseph Cordaro, William Paca Middle School music teacher and Jazz Band director.
“We hope this experience ignited a spark in one or more of our incredible students to foster their musical growth,” added Michelle Seifert, William Paca Middle School music teacher and Jazz Choir director. “It was a great opportunity for the students to feel what it is like to be a ‘rock star!’” she added.
After the performance, students enjoyed a lunch provided by Mr. Citron and the venue in the VIP room.
“Providing real-life performance connections in a well-known venue such as the Jones Beach Theater and its rich history is truly a day that will be an enduring memory for the students,” said George Ober, Coordinator of Music, William Floyd School District. Mr. Ober added special thanks to William Paca Middle School security guard James Curatello, who made the connection with officials at Jones Beach Amphitheater for this once-in-lifetime opportunity.
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