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GOOD FOR YOU: Rangeview Elementary School Trailersingers choir sings national anthem before Eagles hockey game

James Redmond
jredmond@mywindsornow.com

On Friday night, Rangeview Elementary School students carried on the school's annual tradition of opening a Colorado Eagles hockey game at the Budweiser Events Center by singing the national anthem.

The Rangeview Trailersingers, composed of fourth- and fifth-graders, have performed at an Eagles game each spring since the school opened, said Rangeview music teacher and choir director Jennifer Kozlowski. She said the choir started about seven years ago.

The 60 students practiced the national anthem as a warm-up at each of their weekly practices since the spring choir semester started in February in preparation for the Eagles performance.

The annual tradition is a big pull for the after-school activity. Kozlowski said she suspects it's the reason many of her students join the choir in the spring semester.

A number of fifth-grade students got to go through the same experience this past year as fourth-graders. This year, however, choir students still had a few butterflies in their stomachs, Kozlowski said. So over the past couple weeks, students practiced calm breathing and focusing their attention on the choir director to help ward off fears and anxiety about the performance.

In the end, the students' excitement won out over their fear, she said.

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The kids loved seeing the athletes warm up before the game and getting to walk out on the carpet, see themselves on the big screen and sing the national anthem — which isn't an easy song to sing for fourth- and fifth-graders, Kozlowski added. Hearing the stadium audience cheer for them and then getting to watch the game with their friends and families made the experience even better for the students, she said.

"It's really neat to watch their hard work and the feeling of accomplishment they have when they get to celebrate at the performance," she said. "The whole reason we started this was to promote some leadership and also give students confidence to be in a group that promotes teamwork and (lets them) play that important part in the team.

"It's great to show the commitment they have."

Hear the Rangeview Trailersingers

Rangeview Elementary School’s choir, the Trailersingers, will perform a concert with choirs from around the Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District at 5:30 p.m. May 3 at Boardwalk Park, 100 N 5th St., Windsor.

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