Mt. Ephraim, NJ – April 24, 2009 - Fourth grade Beginning Band students from the Mary Bray Elementary School in Mt. Ephraim presented a concert for the 3rd and 4th grades and their parents on April 21st . The event took place in the Media Center.
There are currently twenty-three students in the Beginning Band, which is directed by Mary Manion. These enthusiastic young musicians have mastered about six different notes at this time. They presented a variety of traditional children’s songs including “Hot Cross Buns” and “French Song.” The drum section was highlighted as they played ”The Mary Bray Drum Cadence.” Mrs. Manion accompanied her students on the keyboard. The students took turns announcing each song over the microphone.
In keeping with a special custom, the band played through “Go Tell Aunt Rhodie” only to discover that the “real” Aunt Rhodie was indeed present in the audience! Mrs. Manion said that Aunt Rhodie makes a surprise visit every year. She winked as she denied reports that her own mother portrays the character. After the show, the students enjoyed refreshments provided by the NJEA Pride Committee. One offering was, of course, hot cross buns