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Pinecrest students demonstrate new skills in concert

Tamborines were used during one of the songs in the music demonstration.1 / 6
Third and fourth graders at Pinecrest demonstrated their percussion skills during a music demonstration Feb. 10. (Star Gazette photos by Michelle Wirth)2 / 6
A group of students accompany a song by using guiros.3 / 6
Many students played the metallophone during the concert. Haylee Newton is pictured.4 / 6
During "The Cat Came Back," students performed a little theatrical interpretation to accompany the song.5 / 6
Students use the slapstick or whip to accompany one of the songs.6 / 6

Third- and fourth-grade students at Pinecrest Elementary School performed in a music concert Feb. 10, inside the school's gymnasium. The concert was directed by Lisa Poncelet and demonstrated what the students have been learning through the music program.

The opening number, "This Land is Your Land," was sung by all the third- and fourth-grade classes. Each third-grade classroom performed their own number. The Pinecrest Panther Choir sang a Puerto Rican folk song titled "En La Feria de San Juan." Each fourth-grade classroom performed their own song, and then all the classes joined together for an African-American spiritual song titled "This Train is Marching In."

Students sang a variety of musical selections and used a variety of instruments. Songs were sung in English, Japanese, Hebrew and Spanish. Various instruments were used throughout the concert that demonstrated the students' ability to maintain a steady beat. Instruments included metallophones, xylophones, glockenspiels, bass bars, cymbals, gong, triangles, chime trees, wood blocks, slapsticks, guiros and hand drums.

Poncelet said that she was very proud of the students' work and effort that they put into the show.

"I know these are the students that are going to be a huge success in our middle school choir, band and orchestra programs as well as our Hastings High School marching band, orchestra and show choir programs," Poncelet said.

Michelle Wirth

Michelle Wirth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a degree in journalism and web design. She worked as a web content editor for a trade association before coming to the Hastings Star Gazette in 2016.

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