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Harborfields music students noted for outstanding performances

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Six Harborfields High School students will have the chance to perform at the NYSSMA All-State festival in December. 

The students—Evangelea Andreadis, Hope Lusby, Jennifer Mittelman, Ty Ellenbogen, Angeline Miraglia and Everett Borman—were selected as some of the top students to perform a level six solo for a NYSSMA adjudicator last April. In doing so, four of them were selected to travel to Rochester from Dec. 5 to Dec. 8 to participate in a weekend of rigorous rehearsals that culminate in a final concert at the Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. The remaining two were selected as alternates and will be eligible to participate if another student is unable to attend.

More than 7,000 students compete statewide each year for selection to NYSSMA All-State. This year, approximately 900 students were chosen and will perform with one of eight All-State ensembles, according to Music Department Coordinator Daniel Bilawsky.

Everett Borman – Violin, Violin Concerto
Hope Lusby – Viola, Kol Nidrei
Evangelea Andreadis – Violin, Romanza Andaluza
Angeline Miraglia – Choir, Lascia ch'io pianga
Ty Ellenbogen – Alto Saxophone, Donna Lee 
Jennifer Mittelman – Choir, Pieta Signore 

Harborfields musicians play a different tune

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The Harborfields High School Jazz Band was fortunate enough to welcome four award-winning jazz musicians from South Africa on Sept. 16.

Students spent the morning learning aural traditions under the instruction of pianist Bokani Dyer, trumpeter Lesedi Ntsane, bassist Benjamin Jephta and drummer Kesivan Naidoo, who taught the students to play South African standard songs like “Mannenberg,” “Inner Peace” and “Wicked Whispers.”

The quartet then performed for the school’s band and orchestra, imparting musical history and culture lessons along the way. Those lessons transitioned over to Michelle DaSilva’s Advanced Placement world history classes, where the musicians discussed apartheid — a South African policy of segregation — in the post-apartheid era. 

The musicians were members of a South African Jazz retrospective that recently performed at the Lincoln Center in New York City, marking the 25th anniversary of democracy in South Africa. 

“It was truly a one-of-a-kind experience,” Music Department Coordinator and Jazz Band Director Dan Bilawsky said. “To be able to explore South African music, history and culture with some of these musical leading lights leading the way proved to be an unforgettable experience.”


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Harborfields students “Start with Hello”

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Officers with the Suffolk County Sherriff’s Office paid a visit to Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School on Sept. 17 and taught third, fourth and fifth graders an important life skill: empathy. 

Administrators held three assemblies, each of which focused on teaching students how to be inclusive of their classmates simply by approaching them and saying hello. The “Start with Hello” initiative, created by Sandy Hook Promise, focuses on uniting people of different backgrounds to prevent social isolation. 

Deputy Sheriff Thomas P. Indence explained that there are three steps to follow: “See someone alone,” “reach out and help” and “start with hello.” By doing so he said that the students can help prevent bullying, violence and depression. “The person you say hello to could become your very best friend,” he said. 

Still, Deputy Sheriff Investigator Jacob Gross acknowledged that it’s hard to approach someone new and offered several tips to do so. To ease any feelings of anxiousness, he suggested that the students recall a time that they felt lonely and wanted a friend to play with. Additionally, he advised them to take a deep breath and possibly invite a friend to go with them.

To conclude the assembly, Michelle Meskin, the school’s psychologist, walked the students through an online scenario where the students had to identify a lonely student, and offer a hello, which she said can range from a high-five to a smile. 

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