Musical coffee house enjoyed by all


Aaron Staluppi (left) conducts The Docksiders at their last coffee house concert of the school year

MARIA KOTOB, Staff Writer

Coffee and classics rocked The Docksiders’ audience as the band gave its final coffee house performance of the schools year on Friday, February 27th.

The Docksiders kicked off the show with “Four,”  featuring Rob Strescino on solo trumpet. Strescino, along with Owen Brown on the tenor saxophone, and Lukas Struppe on the trombone, led the band in its next song “Georgia on My Mind.” It also played “The Look of Love,” with Alexandra Grace on vocals and soloist Josh Cominelli on guitar, and finished with “Birdland,” which included soloists Noah Stevens on alto saxophone and Rob Strescino.

“It was a good time as always. I love seeing my friends play,” said junior Jenna Taormina.

After a small intermission, the chorus took the stage with some Valentine’s Day favorites. The chorus captivated the audience with “Can’t Buy Me Love,”  “Things That Never Die,” “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher,” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

Finishing off with “Somebody to Love,” seniors Jack Favazza and Alexandra Grace sang a duet together with the other chorus members singing backup vocals.

“I’ve been doing this for the last three years and it’s really grown on me. I’ll miss it a lot,” said Favazza. “It’s been a great experience.”

To finish off the concert, The Docksiders continued on with a few more songs, starting with “Lady is a Tramp” with Christian Celentano on trumpet and Noah Stevens, “Swonderful”  with soloists Rob Strescino, Noah Stevens, and Jett Sayess on piano, and ended the concert with “Swing Machine” that featured Jonathan Frontiero on a drum solo.

“I think the concert last week went well,” said Struppe. “As a senior, it’s been weird having a new director, but he’s really helped us look at music a different way and overall we’ve all improved.”

The Docksiders will be hosting a wine tasting at the Gloucester House on Saturday, March 19th at 6pm as one of their last big fundraisers of the year. For $25 a person, anyone over the age of 21 is welcome to stop in for as long as they’d like.  There will be vendors, food, raffles, auctions and The Docksiders plan on performing for the duration of the event.