Chorus students from Thompson Middle School recently performed at Thompson’s Community Day on Sunday, September 27th at Riverside Park. This is always a fun performance for the students because they get to sing outside, a much different environment than the usual auditorium concert. They are thrilled to be invited to perform each year and it’s a great motivator for students right at the start of the school year. TMS students choose to participate in chorus and there are currently 89 students enrolled from grades 5 through 8. Community Day is an optional performance for them but they had their largest turn out yet with almost half of the students participating!
Chorus members from the 7th and 8th grades started the annual event by performing a stirring rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner,” as members of the Boy Scouts presented our American flag. Following several community and volunteer awards, the chorus returned to the stage to perform Katy Perry’s hit song “Roar.” The students really enjoyed performing this song and connected to its message of triumphing over anything that stands as an obstacle in your life. The 5th and 6th grade chorus members anxiously awaited their turn to perform for their family and friends. They were finally welcomed to the stage to perform the songs “Autumn-ish Feeling,” “Autumnal Equinox,” and “We’ll Figure It Out.” The songs were enthusiastically sung and featured some challenging harmony parts.
Following the performance, 5th grader Paige Veilleux-Catlin was asked how performing made her feel. “It makes me feel brave and free,” she replied. All of the students that performed did a great job and set the bar high for future performances. Elizabeth Neff, also a 5th grader, summarized her experience by saying, “Performing makes me feel excited, nervous and amazing. The best part about performing is when you see the look on the audience’s face after you sing a song.”
Mr. Leclerc would like to recognize and thank Thompson Together, who made a generous donation to the music department after the performances. The money will be used to purchase extra concert polo shirts for students that may need them. The chorus and band will perform next at the TMS Veteran’s Day assembly on Tuesday, November 10th at 9 a.m. in the Thompson district auditorium.
Thompson Middle School
Band and Choral Director
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