FALLBROOK – Ramping up again after a couple of years of absence due to Covid, Fallbrook Music Society is once again helping enrich Fallbrook and Bonsall Elementary School students, K-6th grade, with in-school educational music outreach programs.
Recently, The Westwind Brass Quintet performed 15 grade and age-appropriate concerts for more than 3,000 enthusiastic students in both districts. The programs were engaging to students and teachers alike and were all about how music can tell a story, evoke emotions, and even paint pictures of specific animals – just with sounds!
The free in-school assemblies are designed to make music a part of every child's life experience by exposing students to world cultures, help build musical awareness, contribute to music appreciation and expand understanding of music and its origins.
The five San Diego brass musicians connected with the students, taking them on a musical tour that included selections from classical to contemporary, such as "Star Wars," Vivaldi's "Spring," "Encanto," "Uptown Funk," Saint-Saën's "The Swan," and "Baby Shark," among others. The musicians each talked about the unique timbre and the special features of each brass instrument, followed by lively Q&A sessions.
Bob Freaney, president of Fallbrook Music Society said, "We're so pleased to be able to bring these concerts to our children again so they can individually experience such demonstrations of collaboration, discipline and creativity in a fun and participatory environment."
"We will also bring the Westwind Brass to Rally for Children's Arts in the Park event at Live Oak Park on Sunday, April 30, so please make plans to be there," he added.
The Westwind Brass musicians dedicate themselves to exhilarating performances with a kaleidoscopic set of styles and composers from the rich sonorities of Handel and Bach to the bluesy thrills of Dave Brubeck and Thelonius Monk.
In addition to a varied and expanding concert schedule, the dynamic Westwind Brass is dedicated to education, having developed programs and master classes for students of all ages. The ensemble is in residence at the School of Music and Dance at San Diego State University.
Funding for the recent Fallbrook and Bonsall Westwind Brass outreach programs was provided through generous grants awarded by the Music Performance Trust Fund of New York.
Fallbrook Music Society's free youth music education programs, which are held at the Fallbrook Boys and Girls Club, are supported throughout the year with generous donations from many individuals, as well as grants from several local businesses and organizations such as the Angel Society of Fallbrook, Rally for Children, and the Bonsall Woman's Club.
Fallbrook Music Society is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. Donations are always welcome to help support the Society's tradition of delivering excellence in live music to the residents and the children of Fallbrook and its surrounding communities. For more information, go to http://www.fallbrookmusicsociety.org.
Submitted by Fallbrook Music Society.