The rest of this week, the Cortland Jr/Sr High School Band welcomes Michael Levine, a founding member of the Dallas Brass Ensemble.
“We’re just really excited that he’s going to be here in residence for three days,” said Kim Sanderson, director of the Cortland Jr/Sr High School Band. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for our students.”
Cortland is just the sixth school in the country to participate in a program called Harmony Bridge. Band Director Kim Sanderson says Levine breaks the 100-member band into smaller groups to perform at places such as senior centers and community events. “…and teaching them about showmanship and how to be an entertainer in a small group setting. The aspect of the program that I really enjoy is that he’s going to be teaching them how to engage and interact with the audience following their performances.”
Levine rearranges suitable music for students to perform at the gigs in the community. “and the goal of Harmony Bridge is to have students go out on monthly gigs to our local senior centers and community events and have them be part of the greater community outside of their school community.”
The first Cortland Harmony Bridge program performance is Friday at the CRMC Residential Care Facility for residents and the Adult Day Care program.
Sanderson wishes to thank these sponsors who helped make Levine’s Harmony Bridge visit possible:
- Cortland Enlarged City School District
- Cortland Music Boosters
- Cortland Public Education Foundation (CPEF)
- Cortland Regional Medical Center
- Yaman Foundation
- Karen Dudgeon, LCSW
- Coats, Wright, Kroot, and Cooper families
Link: Harmony Bridge