Sheffield Elementary School (3/30/07)
Today, we had an absolutely amazing gig at Sheffield Elementary School, about half an hour away from Amherst. It was an early Friday morning, so four of our guys had classes they couldn't miss (coincidentally, it was the four freshmen who actually had class on Friday morning). Without thouse four, and the three that are away this semester (Chris Gillyard '08, James Park '08, and Ben Babbott '10E), we were a mere seven men strong. Nonetheless, we took the stage with energy and smiles, and everybody seemed to have a good time.
They had just finished the Pledge of Allegiance, so we decided to open with Andrew Barkan '02's arrangement of "The Star Spangled Banner." Next, we performed Jason Blynn '04's arrangement of the jazzy "Hit That Jive Jack" for the first time this year. Then, we slowed the concert down with Chanticleer's choral arrangement of "Down by the Sally Gardens," which featured John Babbott '07. During our Q & A session after the show, one of the kids politely commented, "When you sang the bedtime songs, it put me right to sleep." Just like we intended.
Other features of our half-hour show included Andrew Rubenstein '07 on The Beatles' "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" and on Marvine Gaye's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," when we realized we were missing a voice part. John and Andrew closed the concert with Zumbye classic "What's Your Name," but the kids demanded an encore. We returned with Pat Savage '07 on "Boogie Down," which repeats the line, "You can be what you want to, you know all you need is to get your boogie down." Pat couldn't resist altering it once to, "You know all you need is to do your homework." It was a fantastic performance.
If you know of any elementary schools (preferably nearby) that might want us to perform, please let us know! Singing for little kids is just too much fun, even early Friday morning.