There is a very funny joke about Carnegie Hall:
How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
Practice, practice, practice.
That’s how the North Shore Middle School Band got to play at this famous place on March 22.
Carnegie Hall is located in Midtown Manhattan in New York City on Seventh Avenue between 56th and 57th streets. It is very popular because many famous performers appeared there, including the opera singer Maria Callas, conductor Leonard Bernstein and rock band The Beatles. It was built in 1891 and there are five levels of seats for more than 2,800 people.
North Shore Middle School is the only middle school that has played at Carnegie Hall. The rest were high schools of Long Island and Connecticut.
The North Shore Middle School Band includes trumpets, piccolos, clarinets, tubas, percussion, horns, baritone saxophones, bass clarinets, tenor saxophones, alto saxophone, oboes and euphoniums. The songs they played were “Drive” and “On A Hymn song of Philip Bliss.” The last songs, “The Anguish of Nosferatu” and “The Liberty Bell,” were played at the middle school’s winter concert.
The dress code was all black including shoes, shirts, and pants.
“Yesterday was the day that your children got to play in the venue that they DESERVE to play in,” said band teacher and conductor Mr. Mordhorst in an email to parents and guardians the day after the concert. “Yesterday, they got to revel in the pride that they felt in having their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, neighbors and friends listen to them create art in a setting that was as beautiful as the music they created together. ”
Mr. Mordhorst said that the band played some songs as well any professional band and that at one point he was crying with pride on the podium as he conducted.