By Tessa Raebeck
Decked out in orange, green and gold, the Sag Harbor Elementary School Small Chorus sang the national anthem before the Long Island Ducks baseball game versus the Camden Riversharks Sunday, May 18.
Music teacher and chorus conductor Gavin Lahann led 27 students in delivering the anthem before a large crowd at the Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip.
“Thank you to the students that made the Duck Game National Anthem [sic] such a special occasion,” Mr. Lahann wrote on his page of the district website. “They sounded amazing in front of the thousands in attendance. They should feel extremely proud.”
The Small Chorus is a voluntary club that meets on Tuesdays after school. The Sag Harbor Booster Foundation sponsored the event for the second year in a row.
“The Booster Foundation wanted to work with the Elementary School music program and small chorus to promote an interest in participating in music at an early age,” said Robert Evjen, president of the foundation. “We wanted to make it fun.”
“This is such a wonderful experience for me and the kids because it is a collection of singers who wish to work hard and experience amazing music,” writes Mr. Lahann.
The Ducks ultimately lost the game 10-6, but not for lack of musical inspiration.
Here is a link to a video of the Small Chrous’ performance, courtesy of Jay Flanagan: