A delegation of more than 450 students in Grades 4 through 12 from Cranbrook schools will gather at the bandstand in Rotary Park at 1:30 on Monday, May 6 as part of the nation-wide celebration of Music Monday 2013.
Weather permitting, all are welcome to come hear the Mount Baker choirs, the Cranbrook middle schools and a massed elementary choir “Fill the Skies with Music.”
This outdoor celebration of music in our schools will culminate with a massed performance of the song “Is Somebody Singing?” written by Chris Hadfield, commander of the International Space Station and Ed Robertson, lead vocalist of “The Barenaked Ladies.” This song made music history on Feb. 8 when it became the first song ever to be premiered simultaneously on Earth and in space.
Here on Earth, music helps bring out the best in young people, nourishing self-esteem and keeping them engaged. Studies show that students who participate in music activities also experience greater success in Math, Reading, and Science.
We are fortunate in Cranbrook to have a board of education and district administration that support music education and value these programs in our schools — this is not the case in some areas of B.C.
This Music Monday celebration builds upon the past success of large organized musical events in Cranbrook, such as the annual Christmas Mass Choir concert and the Olympic Torch Relay celebration of 2010, where Cranbrook featured the largest performing group in Canada to take part in a torch relay show.
Making Music Monday an annual event is the hope of the music teachers of the Cranbrook schools.