Adrian — Adrian’s Springbrook Middle School kicked off its music program this spring.
One of the initiatives featured in this music program was an appearance in the Michigan State Capitol Spring Music Program. The musical program in which the Springbrook University Orchestra and her eighth-grade band performed at the Houses of Parliament has been running for his century and invites the school’s musical group in front of the Houses of Parliament in Lansing each May. Showing off your talent.
The day began with students walking the House floor and conversing with Rep. Dale Zorn (Republican, Onstead).
“Witnessing first-hand the inner workings of government and gaining valuable insight into the process of democratization was an unforgettable experience for the students,” said a news release from Adrian Public Schools.
The highlight of the day was when Springbrook’s 8th grade band and orchestra took the stage in front of the Capitol. The band and orchestra’s “musical talent” captivated the audience with performances of music selected by the students, according to the release.
“As a representative of Adrian Public Schools, I couldn’t be more proud of our students,” Springbrook band teacher Sheri Powers said in a release. “The unwavering dedication to their craft, evident in their musical performances, is truly commendable. It is a statement of values that will become.”
Orchestra teacher Rory Wittenkeller also noted that the junior high school’s 7th and 8th grade orchestra students performed exceptionally well in the Houses of Parliament, “in front of the audience of students and families who visited the Houses of Parliament that day. It was a great experience to play in.”
Adrian Superintendent Nate Parker said in the district’s statement that the Springbrook Orchestra and 8th Grade Band’s participation in the Capitol Spring Music Program is a testament to the dedication of Adrian’s educators and “the support of our community.” He said it was a demonstration of “excellent talent” and added admiration for the student’s musical achievements. Parker served as Springbrook’s principal before becoming Adrian’s superintendent in 2022.
“Adrian Public Schools is committed to providing outstanding opportunities for our students to showcase their skills and foster personal and artistic growth,” he said. “The success of our students at this event is a testament to the quality education and limitless potential that Adrian Public Schools offers. We look forward to helping you build a strong foundation for success.”
The middle school music students’ success didn’t stop at the Capitol.
Many bands and orchestra students performed at solo and ensemble festivals this spring. Students who have performed at state-level events recognized by other music educators have received high marks and positive feedback.
Students presented their selections at the Adrian Public Schools Board meeting on May 22nd to recognize the students’ quality performances in solos and ensembles. A flute duo and a violin duo were performed, and a total of nine students received letters of appreciation from the school board. .