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St Edmunds transforms civic meeting into symphony

Brooklyn Daily

This band is more than meets the eye.

The St. Edmunds Preparatory High School Band regaled members of the Marine Park Civic Association on Jan. 15 with the finest in modern classical music — the score from the 2007 sci-fi romp “Transformers.”

“My students vote on a few pieces every year, and this year they picked the ‘Transformers,’ ” said band teacher John Molazzo. “I want them to have an opportunity to have some ownership of their musical selection.”

But it wasn’t all dramatic, science-fiction fan fare at on Tuesday’s meeting. The band kicked off the evening with the “Star-Spangled Banner,” before launching into an eclectic mix of music that included swing, processional, marching band, and even modern electronic tunes.

The Marine Park Civic Association concert was the high school band’s first time playing a civic meeting, although the kids relish anytime spent playing their instruments.

“Live performances are always a great learning tool and it’s also a way of sharing the gifts that they have,” said Molazzo. “Giving the kids on opportunity to play outside of their school is always great.”

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4514.

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