Music Leads The Way for Black History Celebration

Young ladies of all ages are members of the LW Smith Youth Liturgical Dancers, and closed the evening with a beautiful performance. (see photo gallery for additional photos)
Young ladies of all ages are members of the LW Smith Youth Liturgical Dancers, and closed the evening with a beautiful performance. (see photo gallery for additional photos)
The Countrywood Chorus performing “Ease on Down the Road.”
The Countrywood Chorus performing “Ease on Down the Road.”
Stimson dancer Sage Thomas performing.
Stimson dancer Sage Thomas performing.
The Oakwood chorus performed “A Tisket a Tasket.”
The Oakwood chorus performed “A Tisket a Tasket.”
Birchwood students all got their opportunity on an electric keyboard.
Birchwood students all got their opportunity on an electric keyboard.
Stimson’s Ms. Terry Haas had the 8th grade chorus perform “I’m Trampin.”
Stimson’s Ms. Terry Haas had the 8th grade chorus perform “I’m Trampin.”
The renowned Showstoppers performing “Will You Be There.”
The renowned Showstoppers performing “Will You Be There.”
The Silas Wood orchestra, directed by Ms. Silvera, filled the room with the sounds of “It Don’t Mean a Thing.”
The Silas Wood orchestra, directed by Ms. Silvera, filled the room with the sounds of “It Don’t Mean a Thing.”
The Stimson Jazz Band has a new look and the audience loved them.
The Stimson Jazz Band has a new look and the audience loved them.
Whitman’s own TSOP Step Team delighted the audience with passion and precision.
Whitman’s own TSOP Step Team delighted the audience with passion and precision.
Maplewood chorus performing the 1928 folk song “Follow the Drinking Gourd.”
Maplewood chorus performing the 1928 folk song “Follow the Drinking Gourd.”

There were no snowstorm postponements this year to delay South Huntington’s Black History Month celebration.  It was center stage on Tuesday evening, February 23rd for an amazing district-wide celebration.  Sponsored by the African American Heritage Club, advisor Ms. Cynthia Quinlan oversaw a flawless evening that brought “Music Throughout Our History” to the PAC stage.

Students in South Huntington paid tribute to this important contribution in our history with a collection of art works, literature readings, thoughts and prose, dance, and musical performances that left the packed house wanting more.

After some introductions by Ms. Quinlyn, Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy introduced special guests in attendance and got the evening going with a performance by the Countrywood Chorus, directed by Adam Slawitsky of “Ease on Down the Road.” Next up was an interpretive dance performed by the incredibly talented Stimson dancer, Sage Thomas.  Ms. Pinelli had her Oakwood chorus in perfect harmony as they performed “A Tisket a Tasket.”

A group of Birchwood students, led by Dr. Kosak, each had their opportunity on an electric keyboard, performing “12 Bar Blues Progression.”  Stimson’s Ms. Terry Haas had her groups in perfect pitch as the 8th grade chorus performed “I’m Trampin,” and her renowned Showstoppers performed “Will You Be There.”

Filling the center stage was the Silas Wood orchestra, directed by Ms. Silvera, who filled the room with the sounds of “It Don’t Mean a Thing.” Maplewood took the stage next with their chorus, directed by Ms. Melillo performing the 1928 folksong “Follow the Drinking Gourd.”  The Stimson Jazz Band, led by their new director Mr. Modelewski, had everyone’s feet tapping with two numbers: “Watermelon Man” and “Four.”

One of the evenings commanding presentations was Whitman’s own TSOP Step Team, coached by Ms. Johnson. These talented students put on an incredible show for the audience, most of whom had never seen them perform before. The evening’s performances concluded with the LW Smith Youth Liturgical Dancers under the direction of Ms. Christina Flythe. These young ladies of all ages put on a beautiful performance to the delight of the audience.

Concluding the evening’s celebration, South Huntington’s Deputy Superintendent Ms. Jacqueline Harris and Ms. Quinlan, thanked those responsible for making this year’s celebration the best ever.

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