Just over two years ago, the Coronavirus pandemic forced schools to shut down. Hallways were empty, students were learning remotely, and events were canceled. Fast forward to March 2022, about two years to the day, families in the Red Creek Central School District were allowed back into the building to celebrate a big night for their child, the District Concert.
Parents had visited the building for a few other events earlier in March, like Battle of the Books and the Inventive Minds Competition at M.W. Cuyler Elementary School. However, the District Concert was the first districtwide event.
Families were first greeted by artwork created by students. Dozens of sculptures, photos, and drawings filled the entrance way to the High School. Then came the performances.
“We are so excited to welcome families back into our building,” said Superintendent Dr. Brian Corey as parents found their seats. “Our students have put in a lot of hard work, and we are so happy to be able to share that with you in-person.”
May 2, 2022 - The district had a plan in place to allow parents to safely enjoy their child’s performance. For those who couldn’t attend in-person, the concert was also live-streamed.
Middle school students took the stage first with performances by the Stage Band, the middle school chorus, and the middle school Band. Cuyler Elementary band and chorus followed. High school students closed out the night with performances by the Select Choir, Jazz Band, High School chorus and the Concert Band.
“The students have worked so hard this year,” said Margaret Little, the middle and high school band teacher and Joe Benedict, who teaches chorus at all three schools. “There have been many struggles over the past couple of years, yet the Red Creek musicians have succeeded to overcome and make beautiful music together. We are so proud of each member of our music program.”
Kelly Witkiewitz teaches band at Cuyler Elementary. She says, “It was wonderful to have students ready to perform safely for their parents and community. All of their hard work practicing at home, in lessons and band rehearsals got to shine.”
This is not the only performance for Red Creek students this year. The elementary school is preparing for their concert on Thursday, May 12th. The middle and high school chorus has their performance on Monday, May 16th. The middle and high school band concert is Wednesday, May 25th. All performances will be held in the Red Creek High School Auditorium for families to enjoy in-person. It will also be live streamed on YouTube.