A clar­inet for An­der­son

Brazil­ian stu­dent re­ceives clar­inet, flute from Cres­cent Col­le­giate, MUN stu­dents

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An­der­son de Alves Bez­erra came to New­found­land on Aug. 26 to at­tend school as part of the New­found­land In­ter­na­tional Stu­dent Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gram.

An­der­son, who hails from Ribeirao, Per­nam­buco, Brazil, at­tended school at Cres­cent Col­le­giate in Blake­town for the du­ra­tion of his stay.

His host par­ents, Sal­va­tion Army of­fi­cers, Ma­jors Claudette and Chris Pil­grim, were thrilled to have An­der­son as their stu­dent guest, along with their three other chil­dren, Bran­don, Ti­mothy and Emily. An­der­son is the third stu­dent which the Pil­grims have hosted since Septem­ber 2012.

As a gifted mu­si­cian, An­der­son was quick to make him­self known to mu­sic teacher, Robert Col­bourne. Col­bourne teaches cho­ral, con­cert band, jazz band and class­room mu­sic to ju­nior high and high school stu­dents at Cres­cent Col­le­giate. An­der­son be­came a mem­ber of all of the en­sem­bles and even sang a solo, “O Holy Night” in the school’s Christ­mas con­cert. His talent was demon­strated through the flute, sax­o­phone and clar­inet.

His love of mu­sic was very ev­i­dent in his mu­sic, in­spi­ra­tion and im­pro­vi­sa­tion. His peers and teach­ers ad­mired his unique and ‘awe­some’ love for mu­sic, his pos­i­tive de­meanor and his com­pas­sion for oth­ers.

While school was pro­gress­ing at Cres­cent, Prof. Korona Bro­phy at MUN, was in­struct­ing an ed­u­ca­tion class for pre-in­tern­ship. Through the Ed­u­ca­tion 3920 course her stu­dents are able to in­struct Grade 5 pub­lic school chil­dren in the in­stru­ments of the orches­tra and band. This course is “one of the best to pre­pare these MUN stu­dents for their in­tern­ship,” said Bro­phy.

The pub­lic school chil­dren meet twice-a-week for a 45-minute group les­son on an in­stru­ment and then hold a per­for­mance for par­ents in De­cem­ber and March.

When the De­cem­ber per­for­mance was fin­ished Bro­phy con­tacted Robert Col­bourne to see if her MUN class could travel to Cres­cent Col­le­giate and as­sist in a full day of teach­ing.

“This was such a re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for both the MUN stu­dents and Cres­cent Col­le­giate. Robert Col­bourne is an ex­cep­tional teacher and leader in his school com­mu­nity. It is ob­vi­ous that his stu­dents ad­mire and re­spect his goal in mu­si­cal ex­cel­lence,” stated Bro­phy.

An­der­son was in­tro­duced to the MUN stu­dents and they quickly re­al­ized that he would be re­turn­ing home with­out any in­stru­ments. One of the stu­dents at Cres­cent do­nated her flute to him and the MUN stu­dents and friends col­lected $400 to buy him a clar­inet, a stand and sup­plies.

Bro­phy and her MUN class met with him on Feb. 3, with his host fam­ily, the Pil­grims, and pre­sented An­der­son with his own Yamaha clar­inet.

To say the least, it was quite an emo­tional mo­ment for all. An­der­son was very moved by the ges­ture and he stated “my fam­ily would not af­ford this and I thank you so much.”

Mean­while, Robert and his stu­dents were “skyp­ing” to wit­ness the gen­eros­ity of the MUN class.

An­der­son left with his prize for the air­port to re­turn to Brazil. Through this meet­ing of such a won­der­ful, charm­ing and lov­ing stu­dent, both the com­mu­nity of Cres­cent Col­le­giate, the Pil­grim fam­ily and MUN Ed­u­ca­tion class have been en­riched.

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