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Middle School Musicians Get Preview of Opportunities That Await in High School

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Eighth grade musicians received a taste on Thursday of what awaits them when they arrive in high school next academic year.

Great Hollow Middle School students zoned for High School West as well as Accompsett Middle School students visited their future home on Thursday morning for performances from current members of the high school’s concert band, symphonic orchestra, concert and jazz choirs, and symphonic band, including the woodwind and jazz ensembles.

Nesaquake and the other Great Hollow Middle School musicians similarly will visit High School East on Friday.

The goal is to introduce the eighth graders to options that await them next year and beyond, and energize them about wanting to participate once they arrive at the high school.

High school teachers began each performance with information about when the different music groups meet and the requirements to join.


The symphonic orchestra even previewed an upcoming concert gala performance by playing Star Wars’ Yoda theme song for the middle school students.

“The people on the stage are the present,” orchestra teacher Joe Cotignola told Great Hollow eighth graders while motioning to the current-day High School West symphonic orchestra on stage. “You are the future — the seeds. … I look forward to when you’re playing for Great Hollow students in the years to come.”

Date Added: 1/20/2022