Bringing East Islip’s splendid series of concerts to a triumphant close, student-musicians from Timber Point Elementary participated in the school’s June 4 spring concert held at the East Islip High School auditorium.
After introductions from East Islip Music Director Stephen Guarino and Timber Point Principal Lisa Belz, who thanked the community for their support and attendance, the school’s beginner strings led off the event. Directed by Jaime DeMaria, the young musicians tackled “D Scale” and the American classics “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” and “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” concluding with an ambitious version of “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
The 49-member Timber Point Advanced Orchestra, directed by DeMaria and accompanied by Patricia DeRosa Padden, followed with rousing renditions of compositions by Robert Gillespie (“Mountain Climbing”), Elliot Del Borgo (“Clog Dance”) and Rob Grice (“Dragon Slayer”). Percussionists Justin Lamando, Dylan Lopez and A.J. Rumfola were highlighted on the latter tune.
Next up were the beginner and advanced bands, both directed by Lynda Maniscalco. The beginners performed English folk song “London Bridge” and Haydn’s “Surprise” Symphony before offering another interpretation of “Ode to Joy.” The crowd was impressed by the dramatic program presented by the 42-member advanced band. John O’Reilly’s “March for Megan” was followed by a medley of two themes from the Harry Potter films and a buoyant rendition of Bill Conti’s “Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky).”
Singing under DeRosa Padden’s energetic direction, the Timber Point Chorus brought the evening to a close. Featured soloists included Lindsay Guzzetta, Courtney Morena and Kerri Smith, while Loriann Capra and Thomas Locke provided scat singing. After performances of Jonathan Larson’s “Seasons of Love” (from “Rent”) and Journey’s perennial rocker “Don’t Stop Believin’,” the ensemble pulled out all the stops for their final number. The chorus’ winsome version of Lionel Hampton’s 1946 jazz standard “Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop” featured onstage costumed dancers (Shannon Hubany, Natalia Lozinski, Julianna Spina and Katelyn Spina), members of the Timber Point Advanced Band (Maniscalco, Steven Gieseler and Zachary MacMorris on trombone and Justin Lamando and John Sidorski on trumpet) and four additional guest musicians (flutist Nicole DeRosa Padden, saxophonist Pat A. DeRosa, guitarist James Santoro and drummer Alfred J. Woods).