Bedford music played at coffee house event
Friday, March 1, 2013
The cafeteria at Bedford High School was filled Feb. 20, with an audience of nearly 200 who came to see the music department’s sixth annual Coffee House event, an evening of song and instrumental music.
Music teacher James Butka was the emcee. Chorus director Susan Reilly was the other half of the creative team. About 100 high school and middle school students performed in a two-hour span.
The event was hosted by the Bedford High School Music Boosters Club. Boosters Club President Janette Cormack said the Coffee House was designed as an informal setting to showcase students’ talents. Numerous volunteers were on hand to greet incoming guests, and to keep the snack table well supplied.
Angie and Ed Cande were among the volunteers, as were Kathleen and Paul Cazazza, Evelyn Chessie, Carolyn Walcott and Kill Lee, and many others.
“We had a really great night,” Cormack said. “Mr. Butka and Mrs. Reilly did a great job of showcasing the high school students’ varied musical talents.”
The evening progressed as students headed for the spotlights.
A brass choir of 21 musicians played a rousing Scottish ballad. Duets and trios shared lively tunes. Violins, flutes and clarinets were heard. A bucket jam was performed that brought together 12 drummers. In a flourish on the last note, the group threw down the sticks and ended on a wooden note that echoed off the floor.
Butka has taught band since the school opened in 2007, the first year for the Coffee House event.
He said performing music in front of an audience gives students vital experience.