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Students Blossom in Port Chester MS Spring Concert

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. – Students in Port Chester Middle School's numerous band and choir ensembles took the stage at the school auditorium Thursday evening in front of a crowd parents, faculty and fellow students for the school's spring concert.

The concert began with a special performance from the school's trombone quartet, which received a perfect score at the New York State School Music Association's music festival over the weekend.

Following the quartet was the Middle School Jazz Lab, which performed "Low Rider," "Quiet Little Town" and "Drumtime." The crowd and students received a special treat with "Low Rider," as retiring middle school Assistant Principal Joseph Puglia took the stage as guest conductor.

"Mr. Puglia has been here for 43 years," Principal Patrick  Swift said. "He could have been my teacher many times over. Today we will have Mr. Puglia's final song."

Following the Jazz Lab was the Jazz Band, whose performance of "Chameleon" was highlighted by a rousing guitar solo from newcomer Miguel Chavez.

"We have a star that kind of just shot across our horizon four months ago," district Music Director Ken Kraut said. "When I heard him play it was just amazing. He builds his own instruments, and it's amazing for an eighth-grader to be as advanced as he is."

Following the Jazz Lab and band were the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade choirs, directed by Mark Zizolfo. The choirs sang many religious tunes including the traditional Jewish song "Hine Ma Tov" and the Latin classic "Non Nobis Domine."

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