Grassroots Festival’s ‘Roots in the Schools’ program bring Miami-based Cuban band to BOCES

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A band headed to the Grassroots Festival in Trumansburg made a stop to perform for students in our area Monday.

“Cortadito” a Miami-based Cuban band played for students in the Special Education Summer School at Broome-Tioga BOCES.

The group’s performance was sponsored by the Grassroots Festival’s “Roots in the Schools” program.

The goal is to promote the creative health of students and to provide them an opportunity to connect to the world of music.

Broome-Tioga BOCES Assistant Principal Jessica Bowerman says the experience was about more than just the music.

“The guys have been great already. They’re teaching the kids about their different instruments. Teaching the kids about the rhythms and the pitches. So it’s a great music experience but just to appreciate another culture as well. Like I said, most a lot of our students wouldn’t get this opportunity otherwise so we’re really excited to have them here,” said Bowerman.

Bowerman says BOCES has had various school bands come and play for the students but this was the first time they’ve had a concert like this.

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