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OrchKids and Gilman Students Make Music Together

1 Written by: | Tuesday, May 26, 2015 4:30pm

Gilman junior Nirakar Pandey - Event organizer

Gilman junior Nirakar Pandey – Event organizer

“Today is about expression and individuality,” OrchKids Artistic Director Dan Trahey told about fifty young musicians from Baltimore City Public Schools and Gilman, as they warmed up together for a morning of musical improvisation.

Watch a video about the day and hear the music by Gilman and OrchKids here.

Standing in a large circle, students from four different schools, ranging from third through ninth grade, mimicked Trahey’s sounds and patterns, created beats with their bodies and voices, and introduced themselves to the group. The exercise is called “creative connections.” Soon, they would all connect over a shared melody and create a new piece of music.

The Baltimore City Public students traveled to campus from Lockerman-Bundy Elementary, Highlandtown Elementary, and Booker T. Washington. They are all enrolled in OrchKids, a year-round program of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra (BYSO) that puts musical instruments in the hands of Baltimore kids.

Their visit to Gilman was organized by junior Nirakar Pandey as outgrowth of a Civic Engagement and Service Learninggrant he received last spring. As one of two inaugural grant recipients, Pandey was awarded $1,500 to pursue a community service program. He called his “Orchcessories,” with the goal of supplying musical accessories, such as woodwind reeds, violin strings, or brass mouthpieces, to the students enrolled in OrchKids.

A violinist with the BYSO, Pandey spent last summer working with OrchKids students at Lockerman Bundy Elementary School and was inspired to help.

“I wanted to support this cause because I believe it is important for everyone to receive a musical education if they would like to,” said Pandey, who has been playing music since the age of five. “OrchKids provides instruments and some accessories, but many of these students cannot afford the accessories.”

This year, he also wanted to show the Orchkids the place that he loves – Gilman.

They arrived by the busload on a recent Friday morning, each with an instrument in hand, and filed into Gilman’s band room. Following their “creative connections” and team building exercises, the students broke into small sectional groups. Led by Trahey, Gilman’s Middle and Upper School Band Director Peter Lander (who also serves as an OrchKids instructor), and others, the groups worked with a pre-arranged piece of music and added to it. Some students wrote words, others added “groove” or percussion, while others crafted a counter melody.

About 45 minutes later, the groups convened to play together. What they produced – an impressive eight-minute improvisational piece – was a true team creation and a piece of music that had never before been heard. After the music making, the group enjoyed a pizza lunch together.

“It was a very successful day and the enthusiasm from everyone was tremendous,” Pandey said. “I think the kids got to see a side of town that they would not have seen had it not been for this day. Many of the kids were amazed by our campus. And, I think the Gilman students got to have fun and realize how much opportunity we have here.”

Pandey plans to continue collecting musical accessories for OrchKids throughout his time at Gilman and hopes to organize something similar during his college years.



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0 Written by: | Saturday, May 09, 2015 3:00pm

Peek of the Week: Incredible Transformation Near Lake Roland

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Gilman Lower School’s Record-Setting Read-A-Thon Earns a Room

0 Written by: | Friday, Mar 13, 2015 1:10pm


The Lower School had a lot to hoot and holler about at an assembly announcing this year’s record-setting Read-A-Thon results. Gilman boys read a collective 4,562 hours and raised $27,612 in support of the new neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital.

As the Lower School boys learned earlier this year in a special video to kick off the Read-A-Thon, there are currently as many as ten newborn babies in each of the hospital’s four rooms in need of intensive care. Gilman’s donations will help expand this unit to 52 individual rooms with space for parents to spend more time with their babies. In fact, the Read-A-Thon raised enough money to have one of those rooms dedicated in Gilman School’s honor.

After the boys received individual recognition, students presented a check to Gilman parents Alexandra Bessent-Enright, director of marketing at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and Suzanne Boyle, ‎senior director of development at University of Maryland Children’s Hospital.

“I’m here representing all those babies and all those parents who couldn’t spend the night with their babies because they didn’t have a room. And now they’ll have a room, all because of your efforts,” Boyle told the boys. “If you’re ever having a bad day, always remember that your combined efforts, and what you did individually, made this happen.”

The Lower School had 283 students, plus Dr. Webster, participating. Nine homerooms earned 100 percent participation (1A,1B, 1C, 2A, 2B, 2C, 3B, 3C, 4C) with two homerooms coming very close to 100 percent (3A and 5B).

Dr. Webster closed the assembly by saying, “As you know, one of our Gilman Five values is humility, but I think this morning, we can take a moment to feel humbly proud about what we’ve done to help the NICU at University of Maryland Children’s Hospital.”

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