About 550 students from three Chatham Catholic elementary schools gathered today as musicians and vocalists to record a video entry for CBC Radio's Canadian Music Class Challenge.
"Our students are thrilled to perform in this national music competition," says Jacquelyn McGlynn, an Itinerant Music Teacher for St. Clair Catholic. "It is a wonderful celebration of Canadian music by Canadian students, especially with the country's 150th birthday quickly approaching."
CBC Music, in association with MusiCounts, is challenging music classes from across the country to perform their best cover of a Canadian song. From elementary to high school, the Canadian Music Class Challenge invites everything from jazz bands, kazoo classes and guitar clubs, to hip-hop programs, symphonies and choirs.
The St. Clair entry is Canadian music icon Stompin' Tom Connor's Hockey Song, and involves students from Georges P. Vanier, St. Vincent and St. Joseph Catholic schools. In addition to vocalists, the band includes several pianos, harp, guitar, ukulele, violin and percussion.
"This is an amazing experience, as we join with other schools across the country to make Canadian choir history!" says Mrs. McGlynn.
In the photo above, Mrs. McGlynn directs students as they record Stompin' Tom Connor's Hockey Song; and below, the 550 student ensemble poses in the gym at Georges P. Vanier Catholic School after the recording session.