Sauk Trail students had the opportunity in their end-of-the year concerts to make music with professional jazz musicians on May 23.
The MCPASD Education Foundation sponsored the concerts through a 2018 inspiration grant of $750. Children sang, played keyboards, drums, and some improvised on music teacher John Becker’s vibraphone instrument. Fourth-grade orchestra students also had the chance to improvise on their string instruments.
Some of the original music and lyrics performed reinforced the “Sauk Trail Way” learning and behavior goals, sung in English and in Spanish.
The live band working with the students included Middleton residents Laurie Lang Croasdale, bass, and Chris Sandoval, drums. Rounding out the group were Paul Hastil on piano, and Becker on vibes and percussion. Staff member and Foundation Board member Tom Kobinsky also sat in on guitar for two of the three performances.
“I wish to again thank the Education Foundation for making these concerts possible. It was a very memorable, joyful and inspiring experience for our all of our kids and families,” Becker said.