Band bridges generation gap

Music brings old and young together

Sam Orloff

When freshman band student Lindsey Epstein played in a concert for senior citizens residing at the Knollwood Place apartments, she said she felt able to connect with her audience.

“It was a fun experience and I look forward to doing more,” Epstein said.

According to band teacher Steve Schmitz, the students played music from Harmony Bridge, an anthology of songs compiled by Park alumni Michael Levine, with a goal of bridging age gaps through music.

“(Michael Levine) decided that he could make much more of a difference in people’s lives if he directed his attention toward connecting students and seniors through music,” Schmitz said.

According to sophomore Isaac Mintzer, playing for the elderly benefits the greater Park community.

“I think it is very charitable of the band to help out the elderly,” said Mintzer. “Elders are our treasure.”

Schmitz said the band takes extra time each week to practice the Harmony Bridge music.

“About once per week, every band takes a day off of their usual repertoire to work on fundamentals through Harmony Bridge music,” Schmitz said.

Schmitz said he takes joy in counting Park amongst the first schools to introduce the Harmony Bridge program.

“I’m very proud to be part of the first schools in the country rolling this out,” Schmitz said.