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Entertainment & Media

A Meaningful Musical Experience

By Manal Layachi and Marco Alavrez

Volume 3 Issue 2

December 23, 2022

A Meaningful Musical Experience

Image provided by Rebecca Hayden

The Breakfast Club is North’s own select string ensemble, composed of sophomores, juniors and seniors. Throughout the year, we play at the Winter and Spring concerts, the VSCHSD offices, the district’s tenure dinner, and more. Lead by Mrs. Rebecca Hayden, we get together twice a week at 7am to continue to improve as a group. We work hard and strive toward our goal of playing well as a group. At the end of the day, we play for fun and for others to enjoy! 

On Friday, December 9th, the Breakfast Club, North’s string ensemble, travelled to PS266Q in Queens to perform holiday songs for students with disabilities. Teachers and aids told us how excited they were to see us perform. They said students would always ask them “When is the Breakfast Club coming to perform for us again?!” These kids look forward to our program as it is the only ‘musical program’ they have a change to enjoy through the school year. After the we got settled at the school, they performed songs on stage. To conclude the concert, Jingle Bells was played while walking around the auditorium. Many teachers and students wore festive, holiday clothes. The students were overfilled with joy, sang along, and shook little maraca eggs to the music. I remember seeing this boy give us a heart and it filled me with pride and joy. After the concert, we taught the students how to play our instruments. It was fun and a wonderful way to interact with and teach the students about our instruments, especially exciting for the ones who have never gotten to try. For our social event, the students wrote down how music makes them feel. This was a heartwarming and interesting experience that was devoted to entertaining and giving the students an opportunity to embrace musical talents they never thought they had. After this event, I felt proud of the Breakfast Club for helping the kids and nicely interacting with them. It was an event that I will never forget and cannot wait to do next year! 

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