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Every winter, the East Greenbush Music Department hosts a District-wide Instrumental Festival for elementary students in the Columbia auditorium. Unfortunately, schools are unable to hold large gatherings so this year’s concert has been transformed into a virtual experience. The Instrumental Festival video was produced using footage from past district-wide festivals and some from class this school year.

The release of the Instrumental Festival video also coincides with Music in Our Schools Month. For more than 30 years, March has been officially designated by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®), the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation.

The purpose of MIOSM is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children – and to remind citizens that school is where all children should have access to music. MIOSM is an opportunity for music teachers to bring their music programs to the attention of the school and the community, and to display the benefits that school music brings to students of all ages.

We hope you enjoy the 2021 Instrumental Festival!

  • “Power Rock” – 5th Grade Band
  • “Down the Mountain Road” – 5th Grade Orchestra
  • “Theme from Transformers” – 6th Grade Band
  • “Ides of March” – 7/8 Combined Orchestra
  • “Let It Go” – 8th Grade Band
  • “Sir Duke” – CHS Concert Band
  • “Vivaldi’s Concerto in G” – CHS Chamber Orchestra
  • “Incantation and Dance” – CHS Symphonic Band

Special thanks to our ensemble directors Mr. Halek, Mr. Kusche, Mr. Tario, Mrs. Chrzan, Mrs. Scolaro, Ms. LaVoie, Mr. Lawrence, Mr. Bresnahan and Mr. Halliday!