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Pep Band on the Playground

by Madison Mento ’21

In honor of NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child, the Hofstra Pep Band treated the children of the Diane Lindner-Goldberg Childcare Institute (CCI) to a surprise playground concert on a sunny Wednesday morning.

Every CCI class, from the infants to the preschool children, gathered to hear classics like a-ha’s “Take On Me,” The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” Kesha’s “Timber,” and Bruno Mars’s “Runaway Baby.” Pep Band co-captain Emma Finkelstein said, “Playing for the children is so much fun. We try to get them involved by giving them little percussion instruments to play. We love sharing what we do with them.” The CCI students took turns playing the cowbell, tambourine, and mini drums.

The upbeat tunes, energetic dancing, clapping, and the warm, early spring weather contributed to everyone – the children, teachers and musicians – having an exceptional time.

“When we play for younger children, it’s great to see them get up and dance and interact with the band,” said Pep Band co-captain Isabelle Sasso. “Their energy is never ending, and it’s great to see how excited they get. That makes our playing so much more fun.”

The Hofstra University Pep Band is composed of a talented, supportive group of musicians who use their enthusiasm to support the university athletic teams and the Hofstra community. Under the direction of four undergraduate captains, these student-leaders have transformed the organization through creating and updating a new musical repertoire.

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration hosted by NAEYC to spotlight early learning, young children, their teachers, families, and communities. NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) is the leading organization of early childhood professionals.

Of Nassau County’s more than 200 licensed early childhood education programs, the Diane Lindner-Goldberg Child Care Institute is one of only 12 to have achieved NAEYC accreditation. Nationwide, less than 10 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs are NAEYC-accredited.

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