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Pollard Middle School hosts arts extravaganza

Posted Monday, May 9, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - On Monday evening, May 2, arts education students at Margaret B. Pollard Middle School participated in the first annual Arts Extravaganza. Organizers estimated over 300 people in attendance.

Visitors entered the school to view an art gallery filled with student work. The pieces were for sale through a silent auction.

“The students were excited to see their artwork for sale. It gave them a real sense of ownership and pride in what was going on in the school. Parents enjoyed the competitive bidding process. It was great for people to come out and see how different media are used in an art classroom and the variety of subjects we cover in an art class,” commented art teacher Leah Vigus.

During the silent auction in the school gallery, seventh and eighth grade band students of Dylan Youngsmith played some of their concert music and original student compositions from their classroom study in composing.

Attendees then moved into the multipurpose room for band performances. Sixth grade beginning band performed pieces that included A Western Lullaby, folk tune Amazing Grace, and Rockin’ Rhody. The seventh and eighth grade band treated concertgoers to six pieces including several crowd favorites. The concert opener was Russian Easter Overture that featured a dramatic curtain opening with two brass musicians playing with a transition to an energetic marching band sound. The crowd recognized the famous jazz piece Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and the eighth graders’ rendition of the Hawaii Five-O television show theme song.

“The students and the audience appreciated the variety of music on the program and the opportunity to share a year’s worth of work in band. Our band students took particular pride and ownership in the concert as they get hands-on experience in the technical and logistical aspects of performance like lights and sound, staging setup, the program bulletin and introducing songs,”
said Michele Reams.

The Pollard Booster Club sponsored the event was coordinated by band directors Michele Reams and Dylan Youngsmith, visual arts teacher Leah Vigus and parents Sheila Leviner, Robin Thompson, Patty Yunker. The event raised over $1,000 for Pollard arts and athletics programs.

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