Neosho High School orchestra members entertained some of the senior residents of Greystone Place on Wednesday afternoon, in the same building in which some of the students’ grandparents may have attended high school.
Darren Cordray, NHS orchestra director, said they accepted the invitation from Greystone Place manager Suzie Crossno to perform and to enjoy an afternoon by playing some beautiful music for some people who don’t always get to hear it.
Cordray said music education is one of the key elements of schools in America.
“It’s been around since the very beginning, and it’s very important that we keep that going on forever and ever,” he said.
“We are one of the only countries in the world that has music as part of the educational system, and it would be a shame for us to let that go to waste, because it’s one of the best things these kids can learn. It teaches them not only to play music and enjoy that for the rest of their lives, but also it gives them great work ethic — it gives them a sense of responsibility — and a lot of things that are kind of lost in today’s society are taught through music in our schools. It is the most important thing that we can do.”
In addition to fall and spring concerts, Cordray said the orchestra likes to take a few similar trips each year to entertain special audiences as well.
Crossno said her daughter, who just graduated, plays the violin in the orchestra, so she asked Cordray at their last concert if he would be interested in bringing the orchestra to play for the residents at Greystone.
“Since Greystone was originally built in 1916 as the first Neosho High School, I thought it would be appropriate for the Neosho orchestra to fill the halls with beautiful music.” Crossno concluded, “They did, absolutely!”