(Dec.5, 2014) Members of the Stephen Decatur choir performed at this year’s 95th annual Thanksgiving Parade in Philadelphia.
“There are multiple benefits of being in a group and performing. It is nice for the students to have an experience outside of their high school world,” said the Worcester County Schools Coordinator of Instruction for Music and Art Tamara Mills.
The 37 students went on an overnight trip to Philadelphia from Wednesday into Thursday last week. The assistant principal and other chaperones accompanied them.
They performed three songs, with one having choreography incorporated into the performance. The Stephen Decatur choir sang with 800 students from elementary to high school levels from all over the country.
Decatur students joined Candice Glover, the 12th season winner of American Idol and Branden James, a finalist from season eight of America’s Got Talent, for two of their performances. The last number was an overall finale.
“We feel choir is a beneficial activity for kids. They perform in front of crowds, work on public speaking skills, and generally have higher self-discipline and academic scores,” Mills said.
Organizers of the parade contacted Christine Middlecamp, SDHS Choir Director and other music teachers at Stephen Decatur. In the letter of indication, organizers invited the SDHS choir to participate in the annual event.
“Choir prepares students for college—they are learning valuable skills to help them become adults. Choir kids have high levels of creativity and collaboration,” Mills said.