Troy Music Study Club performs for Banks

Published 2:00 am Friday, May 8, 2015

The Troy Music Study Club presented a musical program at Banks Middle School Wednesday afternoon for the school’s fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students.

The program was an event of the club’s celebration of 2015 National Music Week, May 3 through 10.

Troy Mayor Jason A. Reeves has declared the week National Music Week in Troy and recognized the Troy Music Study Club for its dedication to encouraging young musicians.

Sign up for our daily email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

Lyra Crapps, chair of the Troy Music Study Club’s National Music Week committee, said the purpose of the club is to support and promote good music in the community and in the schools.

“We appreciate every opportunity to bring music programs into the schools,” Crapps said. “We are excited to be at Banks School because all members of today’s choral group have a connection to Banks.”

Club members Crapps, Dr. William Denison, Jerry Spann, June Kendrick, Betty Spann and Jean Barr comprised the choral group and presented the program titled, “ Songs of Many Countries.”

Henry Everett, Banks music teacher, told the students that music is the language of all people.

“It doesn’t matter where you go, even to other countries, you can connect with people through music,” he said. “We all like some kind of music. Some like country music and others like rap or hip-hop. Some people like classical and others like gospel. But we all like music.”

Everett told the students that the music the Troy Music Club was going to present would be music from different countries and encouraged them to listen with their ears and with their hearts.

The selections the Troy Music Study Club members chose for the school program were “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” from Ireland, “Cielito Lindo” from Spain, “Funiculi, Finicula” from Italy, “O Canada!” from Canada, Lullaby from Germany and “You’re a Grand Old Flag” from America.

The club sponsors the annual Founder’s Day concert and other programs that are open to the public, including the Young Artists of Troy.

“Teachers in the area present one or two students to perform in the Young Artists of Troy program,” Crapps said. “The students are all ages. We have pianist, instrumentalist and vocalist all to perform. Our club awards one or more scholarships to outstanding high school seniors in the music field.”