Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00
The Friends Academy Middle School jazz band traded a few blistery days in New York for the hot sounds of Disney Magic Music Days, as they performed for the first time on a Disney stage and participated in a special Jazz workshop.
“This is the first time we have been accepted and played at Disney Magic Music Days,” said Jazz teacher Jesse Tennyson. The students were required to record two songs and submit each to Disney for approval. The FA jazz band was the first ensemble to perform for Disney’s new spring season and students (or cast members, as Disney organizers referred to them) were also able to tour the backstage inner workings of Disney World.
For seventh-grader Andrew Becker of Old Brookville, who plays the drums, the opportunity to record was the highlight. “My favorite part about the trip was working in a professional workshop,” said Andrew. “We got a chance to try something new by recording our songs and it sounded great. And I was surprised by how fun it was to play in front of a crowd,” he added. The trip was on mid-March.w