Jazz Ensemble Performs for Columbus Elementary School

Students from Columbus Elementary School enjoyed meeting a jazz quintet from Purchase College’s Music Conservatory in February

Young Musicians of Westchester’ inaugural program was a huge success! Over 100 students from Columbus Elementary School enjoyed meeting a jazz quintet from Purchase College’s Music Conservatory on Monday, Feb 13, for a fun hour of music by Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and others followed by a long Q and A session.

Young Musicians of Westchester’s first program supported the New Rochelle Public Library’s efforts to bring children into the Library to meet performing artists. The concert’s Harlem Renaissance theme was suggested by Columbus’ music teacher, Courtney Bullen, as part of the school’s celebration of Black History Month.

The children were completely engaged and actively participated. When asked by a quintet member whether they’d ever heard of Charlie Parker, 100 hands instantly shot into the air!

YMW’s thanks go to Columbus School’s music teacher and principal, the Music Conservatory’s students, faculty and administrators, and the Library’s community liaison team for their tremendous efforts in making the program happen. We’re looking forward to a second program this spring which will feature music of Mexico.

You can download the program here and you can read about the concert on the Purchase College Conservatory of Music website

Courtney Bullen, Columbus Elementary School music teacher; David DeJesus, Chair Conservatory of Music’s Jazz Program; Nick Massimo, tenor saxophone; Parker Reid, drums; Zach Silverberg, guitar; Frank Maresca, YMW Director and Aidan Forman, bass
Tobe Sevuch, New Rochelle Public Library Programming Manager with Courtney Bullen and David DeJesus
YMW President Alan Mandel and David DeJesus
Third grade students enjoy the performance at the Ossie Davis Theater