Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick recently recognized Kaegebein Elementary School’s Chorus outstanding performance of the national anthem at the Feb. 2 Canisius College basketball game.
On March 6, Legislator Hardwick surprised Chorus Instructor Christine Clendening and the choral members at their weekly rehearsal and presented a proclamation honoring them. The proclamation was officially read into the record at the Erie County Legislature’s Feb. 21, 2013 session. (Click here to read the proclamation.)
“I have been going to Canisius College basketball games for the past 24 years and this was one of the best renditions of the anthem. My resolution honors the chorus for the great job they did honoring our country,” said Legislator Hardwick.
The students performed in front of a packed arena and sang the national anthem before the start of the Canisius College vs. Iona College game.
Hardwick added, “The fact that Canisius won the basketball game against Iona College was a great finish to the evening.”
“As the director of the fourth and fifth grade choir at Kaegebein Elementary School, I couldn't be prouder of the singers who performed a traditional rendition of our national anthem at an event as exciting as a Canisius College basketball game. I can't think of a song more honorable than the Star Spangled Banner, and my singers took the performance seriously and carried themselves very professionally. Learning that Mr. Hardwick was in attendance that night and was so impressed with our performance was icing on the cake, and receiving a surprise visit from him with an official proclamation is truly memorable. This is definitely a highlight of my choral directing experience, and we hope to be invited back to sing for Canisius next year,” said Chorus Instructor Christine Clendening.