Young budding musicians came to life at Bransford Elementary School during the month of February. Singing, dancing, and musical instruments were seen and heard by the Head Start and Pre-k children as they celebrated the joy of music from all genres.
The celebration began with harpist, Sharon Robinson. Sharon is a hospice nurse in Robertson County and shares her beautiful harp playing with those that are in need of soothing from illness or facing a loss.
On Wednesday, Feb. 8, Linda Messinger brought her guitar group from Cheatham Park Elementary School to perform for the children. These students practice not only during their guitar class, but strive to practice during their recess time due to not having guitars at home.
Abby Jackson and Ally Johnson clogged for the students the following day, showing their talented quick steps and moves to country music. These two girls have won many trophies and awards for their clogging techniques and skills.
Rock band drummer, Kevin Jones, performed with his drums and demonstrated each type of percussion instrument he plays on Monday, Feb. 13. Different children were selected by Jones to show their own skills on his drums.
The awesome Springfield High School ensemble band came on Thursday, Feb. 16, and played several numbers for the students. These young musicians also shared information about their individual instrument with the students.
Gospel music was a part of the program as well and included singing by Harold and Kathy Carter. This duo sings to their congregation many Sundays at the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church where Harold is pastor.
Springfield business owner, Hope Borthick brought a group from her studio, Shalom Dance Company, to share the elegance of dance with Bransford students. The girls performed several numbers of ballet, jazz, interpretive dance, and hip hop.
On Thursday, Feb. 23, the Crestview Elementary School songwriters group, led by Brittany House, played songs on their guitars that they had written. The group was accompanied by drums and singers. Along with learning to play their instruments, these students are also learning how to put their words to music as song writers.
Patricia Albercht and Bruce Miller demonstrated rhythms on different types of drums and percussion instruments on Monday, Feb. 27. Ms. Albercht is a published author and mentors and provides workshops for the Tennessee Prison for Women, Poverty and the Arts, and in-services for teachers. Mr. Miller is a guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, producer, and performer. He has performed with such notables as Paul McCartney, Kenny Loggins, and Jim Messina.
On the last day of the celebration a parade was held in the halls of the school. Cassie Hix led the students in the parade through the building while each child played an instrument or waved scarves. After the parade, “DJ Johnny”, Johnny Gardner, provided all types of music for the children to move and dance to in the gym. He even had the teachers and assistants grooving to the beat of the music.
The Bransford children, teachers, and staff are extremely thankful to the musicians and dancers who so willingly shared their talent with the children at Bransford. The children were enriched by the music and dance that was presented to them and will hopefully be inspired to become a future musician. The month was an almost daily demonstration that music touches our hearts and souls and brings to life the joy that is inside all of us!