Thirty members of the Thompson Middle School chorus, led by director Justin Leclerc, performed “God Bless America” in front of over 5,000 fans at the Providence Bruins hockey game on Friday, February 26th. The students have been rehearsing Irving Berlin’s 1938 patriotic song since January and sang with pride, confidence and beautiful harmony.
This was their Rhode Island debut performance. They have already performed in Connecticut and Massachusetts. The TMS chorus had performed “The Star Spangled Banner” at the Worcester Sharks games for the past three years while receiving many praises for their stellar singing and professional stage presence. Unfortunately, the Sharks moved to California last spring and it appeared that this unique performance experience would cease. Luckily, a representative of the Providence Bruins contacted Justin in September to book the group for their first Bruins game. The members of the chorus consisted of students from grades 5 through 8, whom volunteered to perform. Due to the mix of grades it can be difficult to find a common rehearsal time. The TMS faculty were very supportive of the students and allowed them to miss some class time for rehearsals.
After the performance students and their families sat together in the same section to enjoy the game. Mrs. Chahanovich also attended the game to offer her support to the young musicians. The students had plenty of energy left to laugh, sing and dance during the game and were even shown on the jumbotron. It was a great family night out and our TMS chorus students represented Thompson with pride. They have already been invited to perform at a game next year. Mr. Leclerc will announce specific details at the start of the next school year. All are welcomed to attend and experience the Tiger Pride for yourself and you never know, you too might find yourself dancing on the jumbrotron in front of 5,000 people!
Thompson Middle School
Band and Choral Director
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