Grey Junior band treats senior citizens to good music

2015-11-04 06:00

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THEY may be from different generations, but last week the boys from the Grey Junior School showed that they understood senior citizens and their definition of good music.

Led by their band director, Jeff Taylor, the school’s musicians hosted senior citizens from different old age homes and churches in Port Elizabeth. The school’s senior citizen day is an annual event that first took place in 2011, as part of the school’s outreach programme.

For an hour and a half, the boys entertain attendees with their instrumental renditions of classic ‘golden oldies’. On the day, the musical numbers provided an air of nostalgia that had many of the senior citizens on their feet.

According to Irene Burke, one of the ladies who attended the school’s senior citizen day, if she could have stayed for more musical numbers, she would.

“They are so talented and they played fantastically. It was a such memorable day”, said Burke, who was dressed to the nines. “Words cannot describe how much I enjoyed myself,” she concluded.

What made the difference to this concert, was the unique way in which each musical item was announced. Before the band started a new song, Taylor would launch into a story about what each item meant to the older folk.

The rendition of the 1961 soundtrack of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, “Moon River”, made the crowd especially teary, as it allowed for the reminiscing of years passed.

The crowd could not get enough of the four young boys who borrowed their voices to the item and was extremely impressed with the efforts made by Taylor.

Also in attendance was Leon Brainers, who commented on how young the music made him feel.

“Forget the fact that it was children playing this beautiful music, the music itself just takes you back. These children will never know what they have done for us,” said Brainers, full of smiles.

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