Uniondale High School Hosts Percussion Night For a Great Cause
The Uniondale School District hosted its annual Percussion Night Sunday afternoon, where students in the district were joined by student musicians from New York City and Long Island to display their talents in collaborative performances.
The event promoted awareness and appreciation for percussion as well as built a community of musicians who learned from one another. Percussion refers to the family of instruments that includes drums, marimbas, xylophones, cajon, maracas and more.
Family, friends and community members were treated to performances from musicians from Lawrence Road Middle School, Turtle Hook Middle Schools, NY ALLIANCE, Wyandanch, Brooklyn United, Brentwood, U.H.S, and U.H.S Kickline.
The percussion section of the Uniondale Marching Knights, "Pure Gold," hosted this year's event to raise money to support students who wish to continue participating in this art after high school.
This year's funds will help bring students to Howard University to witness their music program first-hand.
Derrick Barker, who is the percussion instructor at Uniondale High School started this event which was held for the second time.
“Most every school in Long Island has a robust music program but they don’t always have a chance to interact with each other. So I took it upon myself to call up some people that I know that teach at some of these programs and just put together something special to enjoy with each other," he said.