School Board Performance Wows

Beginning El Sistema Colorado musicians from Garden Place and Swansea Elementary schools had their first public performance on Thursday, appearing before the monthly meeting of the Denver Public Schools Board of Education.


Students demonstrated their developing musical skills with two selections. They also presented two choral works, including a portion of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. The student performance was a part of Lights on After-School, a national, week-long celebration highlighting the importance of after-school programming. School board member Michael Johnson thanked the students and talked about the critical impact of after-school programs, before reading a proclamation for Lights on After School.

El Sistema Colorado provides after-school programming at three school sites; Garden Place Elementary, Swansea Elementary, and Bruce Randolph Middle High School. Young musicians at our elementary school sites begin on the violin, and can then select viola, cello, bass, flute, clarinet and trumpet. The after-school program at Bruce Randolph offers a Pep Band and Drumline opportunities.

Student community performances is a key element of the El Sistema program. Not only is it an opportunity to celebrate and reinforce the hard work these musicians put in every day, but it builds self-confidence and poise, and helps instill the value of social responsibility. El Sistema Colorado welcomes inquiries about performance opportunities. For information on scheduling a student performance, contact Executive Director Jan Brennan at