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Friday April 1, 2016 at 4:02pm Age: 3 yrs
Category: Minisink Elementary


What’s a band without a tour? Minisink Valley Intermediate School Band, led by Mr. Andrew Hulle, has been packing up instruments and music stands, and traveling many a hallway and stair-flight to bring music and cheer to spellbound audiences throughout the elementary school.

Part of the annual Music in Our Schools program in March, the MVIS Band Tour creates an additional performance opportunity for music students and teaches them to be independent musicians. The program divides the band in small groups playing the same instrument and prepares them for a scheduled performance for an elementary school class. 

“Students are more exposed in small group performances and that pushes them to get their parts correct,” Mr. Hulle said.  “The kids really enjoy sharing their music with the younger students.”

On Wednesday, March 30, two separate 5th grade clarinet groups warmed up in Mr. Hulle’s room before heading out to their musical venues for the day.

Mrs. Demberg K-class made for a delighted and engaged audience, ready to name the tunes and make connections. Who knew the tune for “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and “The A.B.C.” song are one and the same? 

In Mrs. Telgheder 2nd-grade class, applause and curiosity dominated.

“How long does it take to learn the clarinet?” one student asked.


Two middle school musicians answered: “A week.” “First rehearsal.” Mr. Hulle looked puzzled.

“Why did you choose the clarinet?” asked another student.

“Because I like the way it sounds,” one student said. “Because Squidward played it,” said another, causing a burst of laughter.

In both classes, Mr. Hulle took the opportunity to get younger students excited about the music program.  “When you get to 4th grade, you come and see me. I’ll let you try any of the ten instruments we have, and you get to pick the one you like.” 

Back in Mr. Hulle’s room, each group reflected on what they did well, what they could have done better and how to get there. “We could have practiced more over the break,” one student acknowledged. But they also talked about their feelings as performers and how they saw their younger audiences.


“They were adorable.”

“They were confused. They weren’t sure when to clap.”

“Some were amazed.”

“They wanted more!”