“Tis the season to think about others and try to lift their spirits if you can. Nearly two dozen members of Huntington High School’s chapter of Tri-M, the national music honor society, recently visited residents of Carillon Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to spread some holiday joy.
Tri-M faculty advisor Brian Stellato, a member of the high school’s music faculty led the contingent, which arrived by bus and quickly set out to accomplish a most worthy mission. As the group walked through the doors at Carillon, which is located on the southeast corner of Park Avenue and Pulaski Road, the folks being cared for there seemed to immediately catch some of the teenager’s energy and enthusiasm.
The visit included performances by brass and cello quartets as well as additional band and string instruments and members of the school choir. Needless to say, the Huntington musicians made quite an impression on Carillon’s residents, who hated to see the visitors leave.
Huntington Tri-M members brought
holiday cheer to Carillon.
“It was a great experience for everyone who went,” said senior Jordan Biener, who serves as Tri-M’s president. “It was amazing to see smiles on everyone’s faces while they were singing and clapping along to the music. I’m so proud to have been a part of the group. Everyone who performed did a phenomenal job. I’m so proud to have been elected as president of this amazing honor society.”
Ms. Biener is joined on Tri-M’s executive board by Maddie Shea (vice president), Christi Reinertsen (treasurer), Adina Kirkland (secretary) and Katy Dara (historian).
“Being a member of Huntington’s chapter of Tri-M Honor Society, particularly as vice president this year, has always been an extremely fun and rewarding experience,” Ms. Shea said. “Our annual trip to Carillon never fails to bring a smile to my face and continues to be one of my favorite events of the year. Using music to bring joy and holiday spirit to others is something I love to do and hope to continue doing following my graduation in June.”
The trip and series of performances at the facility gave the Tri-M members a really good feeling. “It was a really good reminder of what the holidays are all about,” junior Julia Rogan said. “All the smiles and happiness that filled the room were so rewarding. I think I can speak for everyone that participated when I say the residents of Carillon were one of the most appreciative audiences we’ve played for.”
Many of the seniors have been traveling to Carillon for years for similar performances. “I have been going with orchestra since Finley and I look forward to it every year,” senior Gabriella DeLuca said. “It is amazing to see the smiles that music can bring to people’s faces and it’s so fun that some people start singing along.”
The Huntington musicians performed for more than an hour before heading to Panera Bread in Huntington village for a group lunch.
“Each year the Tri-M students bring holiday cheer to the residents of Carillon Nursing Center,” said Eric Reynolds, Huntington’s district director of fine and performing arts. “Today’s performance embodied what this season is all about; joyous gatherings with those around us. It is always wonderful for our students to perform for members of our community. Events like the Carillon performance strengthen the school-community partnerships found throughout Huntington. What is great is seeing our students accept applause from Carillon residents who are so grateful for the teenage musicians sharing their talents.”