EI Musicians Bring Cheer to Local Tree Lightings


Creating cheer with their voices and instruments, students from several East Islip schools performed for the community at local tree lighting ceremonies in early December.

The East Islip Middle School Tri-M Honor Society Holiday Ensemble and the JFK Chorus were on hand for the East Islip Fire Department’s tree lighting on Dec. 3, while the RCK Chorus sang at the East Islip Community Chamber tree lighting on Dec. 6. 

At the fire department event, firemen and the Ladies Auxiliary served the children hot chocolate, hot dogs and cookies, and the hundreds of attendees erupted in thunderous applause when JFK fifth-grader Max Berlin hit the switch and the Christmas tree appeared.
“There is always something magical about the moment the lights go on,” said JFK Principal Deborah Smith. “Holiday spirit filled the air and the students’ musical talents entertained everyone.”

The middle school’s ensemble – including musicians Kelcie Alba, Jacob Arens, Michael Baldino, Robert Finn, Joseph Graziano, Christian Guiliano, Brandan Hughes, Frank Naccarato, Vincent Papillo, Joy Petersen, Jack Seybert, Nicholas Spameni, Elizabeth Stewart and Maya Zollner – played familiar tunes such as “Deck the Halls,” “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “O Christmas Tree” and “Jingle Bells”, concluding with “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” as Santa and friends were brought in on a fire truck.

“This was such a fun and special evening,” said ensemble director Concetta Stevens. “This was the largest turnout of community members to ever attend the tree lighting ceremony.”