The Sam Pasco Trio performed holiday songs for the students at the Intensive Education Academy on December 6 at the school’s campus at 840 North Main Street in West Hartford.
The trio not only shared their wonderful music, but also taught students about some of the reasons each of the instruments play. For example, Buzz, the trio’s drummer, demonstrated a mambo rhythm, a cha-cha beat, a bossa nova variety, a disco and a swing beat along with a rip roaring solo! Sam Pasco explained that his saxophone sounds best with the neck and mouthpiece attached to the tenor sax body. The piano and the bass guitar gave a musical conversation and the students cheered! The program included many carols and a parade to '' It's a small world after all '', along with dancing to end the show!
IEA Assistant Director of Education Mrs. Barbour described the performance as ''a wonderful opportunity for students and staff to enjoy holiday music, learn about several instruments and join together in holiday spirit! ''
IEA, a ministry of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, is a state-approved special education facility serving children in grades K-12 from towns in Connecticut and Massachusetts. The academy, founded in 1971, encourages its students to accept and value themselves in an academic environment that motivates, challenges, and satisfies each of them. Through assessment and development of individual education programs, students are encouraged to develop their inherent potential in order to prepare for their future.