Harborfields’ Salute to Veterans

Harborfields’ Salute to Veterans photo

Students from the high school leadership class, vocal ensemble, and jazz band put together a jazz cabaret night for local veterans on March 28. Students within the leadership class, previously nominated by faculty and staff, organize and run select school and community-focused activities, and this was one such event.

The evening began with a welcoming dessert reception for veterans and their families, and leadership students intermingled with the attendees. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Francesco Ianni and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rory Manning, who were in attendance as well, greeted the guests.

The vocal ensemble, directed by music teacher Clare Jackson, treated the audience to beautiful arrangement of songs such as “Here Comes the Sun,” and “In the Still of the Night,” and many were toe-tapping and moving in their seats to the music. When the ensemble fished, the audience gave a thunderous round of applause, pleading for more, but it was the jazz band’s queue–and they did not disappoint.

The jazz band, directed by Music Department Coordinator Dan Bilawsky, covered an array of songs, including the complex, original compositions of Duke Ellington, and the audience was once again moved to jiving along to the rhythms in their seats until the music ended for the very last note was played.

“It is a privilege to give back to the community in any way possible,” said Greg Taylor, the leadership class advisor.