First published in the June 3 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.
South Pasadena Middle School hosted its first in-person Music Festival since 2019 as students performed in front of nearly 300 parents, friends, faculty and staff in the school’s quad on Wednesday.
“This event is basically a showcase and the reason that it is special is we get to watch the growth from the earliest and youngest members, so 5th grade, and then how they progress all the way through 8th [grade], if they stick with the program,” said Trey Farrell, middle school band director. “It’s very nice to just have people out and making music again.”
The event was made possible by the music teachers who helped guide their students throughout the year and, of course, the students who performed renditions for nearly two hours. Farrell also thanked the community for their constant support, the neighbors of the middle school who dealt with loud music consistently while they practiced outside and the South Pasadena Educational Foundation, which helped purchase sheet music and instruments, among other items, to help the students develop their musical talents.
“There’s not very many schools that you know all the 5th-graders are going to one middle school and also that all the 5th-graders studied with the same teacher and they are going to study again with the same teacher in middle school,” said Wylder Reinman, choir director. “This welcoming and community event benefits the [South Pasadena Unified School District] family.”