Glasgow Middle Hoodie Squad Keeps the Music Playing
Eight strings musicians who attend Glasgow Middle have kept their love of music and performing alive during the pandemic, and held a socially distanced, safe performance for parents and teachers earlier this month. The group calls itself the Hoodie Squad and had special hoodies made for the occasion. Orchestra teacher Alexandra Touzinsky says that during the 2019-20 school year, the students would rehearse with her every Friday, always eager to learn new music and new techniques. When COVID-19 shut down schools, they kept in touch with each other. Once the weather warmed up, they started rehearsing again at the Mason Neck amphitheater. “I had the privilege of working with them a few times, but honestly, they did this all on their own,” says Touzinsky. “Their performance included program notes that gave background information on each of their pieces, three well-prepared pieces, and musicianship that I had never seen them display before! They had every person in tears that day. We realized how much we’ve missed this, how much playing together is the foundation of our class, and how much this all means to us. Members of the Hoodie Squad are Amy Telleria, cello; Katherine Bille, cello; Jack Volin, cello; Anthony Hinojosa, bass; Cathy Huang, viola; Lillian Travis, viola; Natalia Revollo-Aguilar, violin; and Misha Speede, violin. Contact Alexandra Touzinsky at email@example.com.