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Pleasantville Sixth Graders Play Spring Concert

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Young singers and musicians played to a packed house of parents and teachers at Pleasantville High School Wednesday night for the district's annual Sixth Grade Spring Concert.

“I always find myself talking about the same things at concerts: the progress of the students. To me, the progress of the students is just amazing,” said Jon Vercesi, the band director who has taught the sixth grade students for three years.

Vercesi began the concert by leading his students in performances of “Foxwood Overture,” “Batman Theme,” “America,” “Majestica” and “Old Time Rock and Roll."

"From fourth grade to fifth grade to sixth grade, their range increases, the dynamic controlled and playing different key signatures, there’s different time signatures,” Vercesi said. “They’re really playing their hearts out and it’s amazing to me that they’re only in sixth grade.”

Following the band, Vercesi, and other directors, Maura O’Loughlin and Mary Ann Meade, led performances of “Over the Rainbow,” “Green Onions,” and more from the sixth grade select chorus, the sixth grade string orchestra, the fifth and sixth grade jazz band.

The night was capped off with a set of songs from the Katherine Hughes-led sixth grade chorus, which included “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Ease on Down the Road.”

“This is our third year together, and sadly our final year,” Vercesi said. “But fortunately there is a lot more music to come for them.”

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