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Musicians, actors, artists celebrated in video presentation

Performing gives students ‘a greater sense of normalcy’

Byron Center — The show has gone on in Byron Center schools.

Fine Arts Director Marc Townley recently presented a video to the Board of Education, showcasing the music made, theater performed and art created this school year, despite the ongoing pandemic.

Titled “Persevering During the Pandemic,” performances include the Byron Center High School concert and chamber orchestras, symphonic band, wind ensemble, Cantare, Bel Canto and Bella Voce choirs. The West Middle school seventh- and eighth-grade bands and the Nickels Intermediate School Beginning Band also show their skills, and actors in the musical “Freaky Friday” take the stage. Award-winning art highlights middle and high school student artists.

“This is only a small representation of what our students have accomplished this year,” Townley said. “What we have found under the circumstances is that our students are thankful when they can perform for anyone. They are craving anything normal, and to be able to perform in any setting has given them a greater sense of normalcy. 

“We have been very thankful to be able to perform for people, regardless of the size of the audience.”

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

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