DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

May 16, 2013

Music department hosts 'Young People's event

Young People's Concert is a learning experience


Derry News

---- — LONDONDERRY — It was a hands-on experience for the town’s youngest music fans at the Young People’s Concert.

Children who love music had a chance to get up close and personal with some musical instruments to see how different sounds were made.

The Londonderry Music Department hosted its annual concert May 8 in the high school gym. The night was geared toward the school district’s elementary-aged students, but was attended by all ages.

Special selections were performed by Londonderry’s Symphonic Band, putting the focus on the youngest fans of the drum, clarinet or flute. Some children had a chance to get up and try out their directing talents.

A highlight of the night was a special conducting performance by Matthew Thornton Elementary School principal Carol Mack, who will be retiring at the end of this school year.

Mack took the baton and led the band during special musical selections.

School officials said Mack has been a longtime supporter of the district’s music program and students were very happy to have her make her conducting debut.

Prior to the concert, a special Music Fair was held, a “petting zoo” for all things musical. Children had a chance to see different instruments displayed on tables in the gym. Older band students were available to demonstrate each instrument and explain how it’s played.