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Fredonia High School band reunites for virtual performance

Posted at 6:25 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 18:46:25-04

FREDONIA, N.Y. (WKBW) — “I think it’s important for the kids to be reminded that they’re still apart of the school community," Fredonia High School’s Symphonic Band Director Andrew Bennett said. "And even though they might not be able to make music together now in the way they use to, it doesn’t mean they can’t keep making music together in a different format.”

For 60 hours, Bennett worked with his students to create the first ever virtual rendition of the Fredonian anthem, 'Fight Song.'
“Our students love the Fight Song. It has a long tradition in Fredonia," Bennett said. "And I knew I needed to find a way to have the students perform together.”

So Bennett asked each of his students to to send in a video playing their part in the song.

"It was weird playing alone at first, but when it was all put together it was cool," Dan Gifford, Band President and saxophonist said.

Bennetts said the Fredonian community loved the video.

"It got 1200 views in 24 hours," he said. "I have gotten over 100 emails from families saying thank you."

And the students who participated in the video said it felt good to be together again even if it was virtually.

“I was a little sad like, aw man I wish I could just be in the band room right now just playing it, but it was really nice," Kelly Gullo, senior clarinet player said. "I really needed it I think."