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Valley Springs Band Uplifts and Inspires
Valley Springs Band Uplifts and Inspires
Posted on 02/09/2021
The pop hit 'Happy' is getting everyone out of their seats at Valley Springs Middle.

Featured Photos: Valley Springs Middle School teachers get creative with dance moves, standing on desks and wearing wigs while the 8th grade band virtually performs "Happy."

By: Benjamin Rickert
BCS Communications Dept.

Teachers dance on desks while the 8th grade band performs.A toe-tapping virtual band performance at Valley Springs Middle School last week had the whole community getting their groove on! Mr. Bryon Graeber’s band class assembled audio and video clips of students playing the pop hit “Happy” by Pharrell Williams (with permission, of course) from their respective homes. The result had teachers and staff dancing all over the school- some on desks, some wearing wigs, and all smiling underneath their protective masks.

“It’s hard to play that song without tapping your foot,” said Graeber. “The pandemic has been hard on everybody and this was a way for the kids to find some joy. And not just to hold on to it, but to share it.”

Graeber’s students have been working on their performance since the fall semester when they attended school in reduced numbers under Plan B. They recorded the drum tracks just before the winter break and then students created video recordings with their instruments at home.

Two teachers wear wigs while dancing in the school media center.Graeber worked with student teacher Nic Manshack of Western Carolina University to assemble the clips using software new to both of them. The young musicians loved seeing their project come to life, along with all of the uplifting dance moves it inspired in their teachers, staff, and cheerleading squad.

“That’s part of what the arts do. They let the kids express themselves,” Graeber said.

Since the pandemic started, music and other arts teachers have found innovative ways to engage students and teach the fundamentals from afar. Graeber explained that projects like this meet an important need.

“It’s tough when you are playing an instrument and are the only one in the room,” he said, “because band is like a family. It’s about making music and creating together. This was a cool way to have that feeling of playing all together again.”

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