Sippican students find their voices with NYC's "Backtrack Vocals" a cappella singers
MARION — New York City a capella group “Backtrack Vocals” came to Sippican School on Nov. 14 to share music with the students, and teach them some basic a capella skills.
Young, dynamic and well-known to their fans and other artists nationwide, the group members are down-to-earth enough to enjoy their time visiting schools and helping young audience members learn new ways to use their voices.
The 5 NYC residents had done their traveling the day before and were well-rested at 8 a.m. when they began their work at Sippican School. Coordinating with choral music teacher Patricia Richard and instrumental teacher Hannah Moore, the singers led a highly participatory workshop.
"We really enjoy the chance to interact with the kids. It's one of our favorite things to do," said Mallory Moser, the group’s soprano.
Johnny Buffalo teaches beatboxing basics to kids as part of the show, but said that "we don't have to give them much instruction before we are just watching what they come up with."
Melissa Jordano is the alto singer of the group and echoes the sentiments of her colleagues, adding that “we had a great time doing shows [locally] in the past few days."
Sippican School's "All School Meeting" often features a theme or message which educates or touches on the sensibilities of students. Sometimes, the ASM features a special guest (The Owl Lady) or a performance (New Bedford Symphony Orchestra members, New Bedford Ballet dancers). Many appearances are facilitated by the Volunteers At Sippican Elementary and coordinated with the faculty of Sippican School.