FAYETTE – “Notable American Giants” was the theme of this year’s spring concert on May 26 at Fayette Central School. The program was a joint project of the school, Fayette Historical Society and the Fayette Home and School Association. It included patriotic music, student art, local history and mime.

Music teacher Kim Ellis led class groups, pre-kindergarten through grade five. American music giants were recognized, including John Philip Sousa and Aaron Copland. Grade pre-kindergarten sang “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and “Yankee Doddle.” The kindergarten class offered “A Frog Went A-Courtin” and played their kazoos during one verse.

Grade one presented “This is My Country.” Grades two and three did a motion routine to “Stars and Stripes Forever,” then sang “The Bear Song.” Grade four presented three songs with their recorders, including “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “Ode to Joy” and “Amazing Grace.”

Grade five took the stage during “Fanfare for the Common Man” and offered their version of “You’re a Grand Old Flag” with musical plastic tubes.

The school chorus ended the first half of the program with “God Bless the USA,” “Hero” and “You’ll be There.”

Fayette history giants were remembered between selections, including Joseph Underwood, Elmer E. Gile, Oscar E. Young, Josiah Sturtevant and Nettie (Plant) Mitchell. Giants from neighboring towns included Noah Greeley of Mount Vernon and Michael Cooper, famous mime educator from Chesterville who travels to many parts of the U.S. each year.

During a brief intermission, nosegays were distributed to staff and volunteers at the school. Flowers for the old-fashioned arrangements were made by volunteers from grades four and five.

After the intermission, Michael Cooper shared a variety of favorites, including a visit by his pet chicken and his favorite giant.

During the closing, Alex Rose, grade five, rode his unicycle into the auditorium and hung a May basket on Cooper. Rose represented all the students.

Following the concert, parents and students viewed a wide variety of art projects completed by students during the year.


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