About 70 Pottsgrove Middle School students traveled to the HarrisburgCapitol on March 18 to perform a one hour concert at noon in the Rotunda aspart of Music in our Schools Month. The students also received a guidedtour ofthe Capital, and learned about the architecture and history of thebuilding as well as the various branches of government. Senator Rafferty andRepresentative Painter spoke to the students and took pictures with thegroup.
“Many of the students were thrilled with how the group sounded because ofthe beautiful acoustics in the building,” said Choral Director Carole Bean.
“It was thrilling for me to see the excitement on the faces of the studentsas they performed in such a prestigious venue.”
The group sang at the Capitol in 2006 and 2010 for the same type of event.
They had to submit an application in September to the Pennsylvania MusicEducation Association for the chance to perform there. The group sanginspirational songs including: We are the World, Let There Be Peace onEarth, The Climb, Like an Eagle, Lean on Me and Blessings. They also sang apatriotic song called America the Beautiful which include The Pledge ofAllegiance and readings from the Declaration of Independence, theConstitution, the Gettysburg Address, and Martin Luther King’s I Have ADream speech. The concert also included songs such as It’s Ragtime, Hawaii 5-O, Puttin’ on the Ritz, Dona Nobis Pacem, Popular, Joshua, and Dynamite.