Troy jazz band performs for residents at nursing facility
By Marianne Eisenbrandt Correspondent November 29, 2012 11:44AM
Updated: January 1, 2013 6:23AM
Toes were tapping and hands were clapping during the recent Troy Middle School band performance for residents of Alden Estates in Shorewood.
The Troy Middle School Jazz Band shared its time and talents by playing several standard jazz tunes made popular by the likes of Miles Davis and John Coltrane and also visiting with residents after their performance.
Alden Estates of Shorewood is a certified 100-bed, short-term rehabilitation and health-care facility. Erica Manna, Alden Estates recreational director, said their mission is “to be the best residential and long-term care provider for their customers.”
“Our facility here in Shorewood is brand new; our grand opening was in May of this year. We have a monthly community outreach project that the patients participate in, whether it be donating flower pens the patients have made themselves to local hospitals, or hosting different classes and performances from the community at our facility,” Manna said.
“This month we were very excited to have the TMS Band play for us,” she said.
“Patients claimed, ‘they were the best I’ve ever seen’ and that ‘all the children were very talented,’ and we look forward to having them back again in the future,” Manna said.
Matt Jeffrey, assistant principal at Troy Craughwell and Troy Heritage Trail elementary schools, is an advisory board member at Alden.
“It is our ongoing desire to provide opportunities in which we can reach out to our community and provide programs for our short-term residents,” he said.
“We thought that it would be a great opportunity to showcase some of our local school students’ talents, along with providing an enjoyable program for our residents at Alden,” Jeffrey said.
The Jazz Band will performing at the Troy Band Boosters annual spaghetti dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Troy Middle School cafeteria, 5800 W. Theodore St.