Lots of fun was had by all at a recent concert in Yorktown:
The big purple tour bus parked in front of BOCES’ Pines Bridge School was the first indication that something special was going on. A few hours later, Pines Bridge and Walden students were swinging and swaying to the infectious sounds of David Foster and the Mohegan Sun All Stars, a star-studded collection of top musicians who had come by to spread some musical joy.
The ensemble, composed of musicians who have performed with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin and B.B. King rocked the school gymnasium for an hour and a half. Pines Bridge and Walden students, from the youngest to the oldest, responded to the music with great excitement. As the band belted out songs such as “High Heeled Sneakers” and “Uptight,” students could be seen smiling, dancing or tapping to the beat. Teachers and staff members looked as if they were having just as much fun as the students.
On his way out after the performance, organist Leon Pendarvis, who is a musical director for “Saturday Night Live,” said that the band was very happy to come and brighten the day for the students. He noted that he felt “a lot of respect and hope in the room.”
Watching the band pack up after the energetic performance, Pines Bridge Principal Bob Kelderhouse said, “It was fantastic. These are world-class musicians that gave of their time today. Both the kids and the staff had a ball. Music has the power to reach everybody.”
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Singer David Foster serenades Sienna Torres of Peekskill during the band’s rendition of “You Are So Beautiful.”