Grand Center Arts Academy musicians honor September 11
Grand Center Arts Academy musicians honor September 11
Posted on 09/12/2012
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In a performance area of Grand Center Arts Academy, a Confluence Charter School, students gathered to recognize the significance of September 11, 2001.


The 9/11 Remembrance Concert marks the sacrifices of victims and survivors through music and readings. Coordinated by Damen Martin, instrumental music director, the concert is performed by orchestra students.


The performance opened with students taking turns recalling the events of the day - noting the times the planes struck the towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and landed in a field in Pennsylvania; and noting memorials dedicated to lives lost, those who survived and to police, fire and emergency responders.


After the readings, a girl performed the “The Star-Spangled Banner” on the trumpet as a drummer tapped along. The audience of students and teachers stood from their chairs to sing.


Martin read “In Remembrance,” a poem written anonymously in reflection of the moment in history.


The orchestra closed the concert with “America: Sweet Land of Liberty,” arranged by Michael Story.


Galen Selligman, a seventh-grade student, served as a speaker. He explained that his segment of the reading, provided by Martin, was about mourning and the need “to continue on as a country.”


Selligman is too young to remember what happened that day. He knows about September 11 from news reports he’s seen, and what he’s learned over the years in school.


“I just wonder why they did it,” he said.


Selligman started school at GCAA about halfway through sixth grade. He said that there’s a lot he enjoys about the school, but “it’s hard to put into words.” He is a music student who plays the viola and trombone.


It is the second year for the performance. Due to limited space, the show is not open to the public.

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