JAMESTOWN – Students from Jamestown High School grabbed their instruments and made their way to the Allen Park Bandshell on Wednesday, performing in the first “Concert in the Park” event in two years.
“I feel like being outside with this certain group of people, there were a lot of kids and a lot of distractions, but I feel like that made it more fun tonight,” said 11th grade saxophone player, Alexzandria Genco.
For some, this was their first time performing outside due to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
“This was my first ever concert in the park, I was in the concert band my sophomore year but we never got to do it because of COVID, junior year we never got to do it, but this year it was really nice to finally be able to do it and it’s a first and a last but it was very nice,” said 12th grade percussionist, Bradley Galeazzo.
There was a wide range of instruments played, and the audience was even treated to two vocalists.
“It’s been the best thing that I’ve ever done, like ever. It’s been amazing. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people or better program,” said Genco.
For many students, music has been a part of their lives for a long time and they hope to make it a part of their lives for even longer.
“I’ve been playing in band here for 4 years, and then in middle school for another 3 so roughly 7, 8 years,” Galeazzo said.
“I started with alto saxophone in 5th grade, in 6th grade I moved to tenor sax, and this year I moved to bari sax,” Genco continued, “It’s something that I want as a part of me my entire life,”
“I love music, it’s something I always want to do. When I go off to college I won’t be majoring in it, but I hope to minor in it and I hope to just keep doing it my whole life,” said Galeazzo.