So I like Glee, and I imagine quite a few musicians probably dig the show as well. Especially since I know at least one who does, Marty O’Kane, guitarist for April Smith and the Great Picture Show (maybe you've caught this song during promos for one of my other favorite TV shows, Weeds). A few weeks ago, Marty tweeted this while watching Glee.
The same thought had crossed my mind, but I decided to roll with it and suspend my disbelief for 44 minutes a week. I mean, music education at the majority of public schools probably consists of an atonal choir and an out-of-step marching band, right?
Of course not. We showcase great music programs on Classroom Close-up, NJ all the time, and my trip to Frank R. Conwell Middle School #4 in Jersey City last week was no exception.
KYBD Band, a student rock group led by music teacher, Carl Botti. This nine-member ensemble writes and performs original material, not only at school functions, but at off-campus events as well. Their recent gigs include shows for the Special Olympics of New Jersey and a fundraiser for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation where they opened for Grammy Award-winner, Colbie Caillat.
esearch-backed positive effects it has on student performance.
So while I didn’t witness a waterfall behind stage and a Broadway-caliber mashup of Umbrella and Singing in the Rain led by Gwyneth Paltrow, I did see a pretty amazing group of student performers from a public school that's finding ways to fund a top-notch music program.
The Classroom Close-up, NJ episode with the KYBD Band story will air Monday at 7 pm and on Saturday at 9 am on Feb 28, Mar 5, Apr 4, and Apr 9 on NJN or you can watch online.