Saturday, September 16, 2017

Thank you to Christian Scott for visiting WHEELS on Friday and jamming with our 6th grade general music students and 6th-12th grade band students! And thank you to Harlem Stage for bringing us together. It was amazing to hear Mr. Scott's inspiring music and wise words about hard work and self expression.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Seven WHEELS band students are currently attending MSM Summer. They're playing jazz and Latin music with amazing student and professional musicians from all over the world!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Band students performed at the WHEELS 8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony last Tuesday. Congratulations to all of our 8th graders that are moving up to high school, and congratulations to all of our 6th and 7th grade band students that started playing their instruments for the first time last September, and are already putting on exciting performances!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Yesterday WHEELS band students received an enthusiastic reception when they performed at the Institute Opening Ceremony for Teach For America New York. The keynote speaker was former US Secretary of Education John King, who had a powerful message about the importance of teachers. Many WHEELS teachers are TFA alumni.

Some of our second grade general music students participated in a video call with the students of Mr. Martin Urbach. The students performed "This Land Is Your Land" for each other, including some of the original verses and verses they wrote themselves in English and Spanish!

Band students performed at the graduation ceremony for the WHEELS Class of 2017. Congratulations to all our graduates!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Thank you to Luke Folger for performing for and improvising with all of our 7th graders last week! He presented music from his innovative Unigen project, explained his process for composing and improvising, sampled tunes composed by WHEELS students, and jammed with students on electronic and acoustic instruments.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Last Tuesday WHEELS band students performed their own arrangement of Duke Ellington's "Caravan" at the Manhattan Borough Arts Festival at the Apollo Theater!

Here's a video of the full performance.

Here's a video posted by Manhattan FSC on Twitter.

Earlier this week WHEELS band students performed at a benefit for Reach Out and Read at the beautiful Central Park Boathouse.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Thank you to legendary percussionist Ray Mantilla and his quartet for an amazing concert at WHEELS! Jazz in the Schools and the Jazz Foundation of America brought Mr. Mantilla to WHEELS, where he was generous enough to both play a concert and jam with our students!

Friday, May 26, 2017

On Wednesday WHEELS Lower Grades presented our Spring Music and Movement Showcase. Congratulations to all the Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade musicians and dancers, and thanks to all who came out to support them! These kids' energy and creativity are truly inspiring. And thank you to the WHEELS high school band students that showed such leadership and accompanied the younger students.

Last weekend two WHEELS band students performed at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts with the Manhattan middle school concert band in the Salute to Music Program. We're very proud of the extra work they put in to be part of this special program, rehearsing and performing with some of the best student musicians in the city.
WHEELS students entered the Little Kids Rock Songwriting Exhibition 2017, and we're very thankful for the cool stuff (including a MIDI controller!) they sent us in return.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Thank you to JazzReach, Harlem Stage and all of the donors that allowed all 6th and 7th grade WHEELS students to attend two interactive jazz concerts last week!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

We are very grateful to Professors Allan Molnar and Michael Bacon for a professional recording and film scoring experience in the studio at Lehman College last Friday. WHEELS students spent the morning learning about film scoring and studio recording, and recorded a new score (consisting of salsa and jazz tunes in their repertoire) for a film from 1954.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Congratulations to the six WHEELS students that last Saturday performed their final concert of the school year with Middle School Jazz Academy at Jazz at Lincoln Center! Jazz standards they performed included "Nutville," "Blues March," Moanin'," and "Cantaloupe Island."

Thank you to the Hispanic Society of America and Meridionalis for bringing a concert of seventeenth-century sacred music from the Peruvian Catholic church to WHEELS!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Last Thursday WHEELS lower grades students enjoyed an interactive jazz concert put on by Manhattan School of Music students! The WHEELS students made connections between what they're learning in music class and what they heard in the concert. Thank you to MSM for all they do to support WHEELS Music, and to the DOE Office of Arts and Special Projects for supporting our partnership with MSM!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

WHEELS has been honored with the SupportMusic Merit Award from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. WHEELS is one of only 1% of schools in the nation to be recognized with this prestigious award in 2017.

View the entire list of designees here.

Monday, April 10, 2017

High school band students performed at our annual WHEELS Up celebration!

Last Tuesday was our 7th annual Spring Concert! 6th-12th grade students performed Work Song, Mr. PC, Second Line, Little Sunflower, Blue Train, Chucho, Llego La Banda, A Night in Tunisia, Sunny Ray, Uptown Funk, 24K Magic, Happy and Oye Como Va for an enthusiastic audience. Thanks to all who came out to support us! And special thanks to photographer David Flores for the beautiful photos (below).