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Pelham - Windham News | January 4, 2013 - 5 Pelham Memorial Brass Ensemble Band Performs for Veterans

submitted by Madeline Dreusicke, Senior VP, the Ladies Auxiliary, Pelham Post 10722 On Wednesday, December 19, the Pelham Memorial Brass Ensemble paid a visit to the Veterans of the Community Living Center at the VA Medical Center in Manchester. The Halls were literally alive with the sound of music performed by fi ve eighth graders, Robert Colter, Will Campbell, Alex Deacon, Rachel Marion and Nick Kathios beautifully conducted by Mr. Paul Santerre. These very talented musicians wanted to say “thank you” to the Veterans for their service and show their appreciation the best way they know how through music. By performing a medley of Patriotic Songs from our “National Anthem” to “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “You’re A Grand Old Flag” as well as some classic Christmas songs that included “Angels we Have Heard on High” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” the audience included some of the veterans, their family members, VFW and Ladies Auxiliary members from the John H. Hargreaves Memorial Post 10722, John Skidmore, Hospital Chairperson for the Department of New Hampshire VFW and Memorial’s principal, Mr. Secor and Linda Kathios who accompanied the students to the VA Medical Center. The performance was greatly appreciated by the veterans as you watch them tap their fi ngers, smile and in some cases even sang the words. The selections of songs, the performance and the enthusiasm exhibited by the students was recognized and applauded by Madeline Dreusicke, Hospital Chairperson for the Department of NH Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW and Senior VP of the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW in Pelham who arranged for

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Left to right: Robert Colter, Rachel Marion, Nick Kathios, Will Campbell, Alex Deacon, Paul Santerre

these talented students to perform for the Veterans. “You can clearly see that these students learn both in the classroom and out,” she stated. A lesson of Patriotism, Support, Gratitude, Respect and Honor was visible as each player took it upon themselves to personally thank each Veteran for their service after their performance.

Santerre, as he talked to the audience when introducing the next song, had made a statement that he “never served” because they did away with the draft when it was his time to register but that his Dad had served in Korea and his grandfather served in World War II and he basically grew up in a very patriotic family. Dreusicke quickly responded to his statement by simply stating how she felt and that was “even though you didn’t wear a uniform that showed you serve this country but in my eyes Mr. Santerre you serve this country each and every day by teaching these values to your students and for this as Americans we are truly grateful. The service to your students and the communities around you truly exemplifi es “serving one’s country” without the uniform. Paul Santerre, a very talented music

teacher was extremely instrumental in creating this Brass Ensemble back in 2010 as a branch of the Seventh

and Eighth Grade Concert Band. His dedication and compassion for music has been a big success over the years and has truly impacted the music program at the Pelham Memorial School. Dave Ouellette, Past State Commander for the Department of NH VFW, VFW National Council Member as well as a former employee of the Pelham School system was in the audience and he said, “all you have to do is listen to any of the music performances coming out of the Memorial School and you will see how far the music program has come under his supervision”. Pelham Memorial School is very fortunate to have Mr. Santerre and their principal, Mr. Secor, a big supporter of the music program as part of their team of educators for their students.” Over the past few years this brass ensemble has had the honor to perform at the New Hampshire Solo & Ensemble Festival sponsored by the New Hampshire Music Educators Association, Rivier College in Nashua, the Pelham Memorial School Chamber night and in May of 2012 they had the extreme pleasure of performing the National Anthem at the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in Manchester and now a group of very thankful Veterans can be added to the list of great performances.

A Fun Way to Earn a Badge

submitted by Craig Brockman The Tiger Scouts from Pack 266 Den 1 in Windham recently attended a Manchester Monarch’s hockey game as one of their requirements to get their Tiger Badge.

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