Before the end of the school year, students were looking for an opportunity to “join forces and do something epic!” said Director of Music Dr. Michael Bruschi.
The result was a new twist on Brooks School’s annual daytime, outdoor music festival, Brookstock: a Saturday night celebration.
The school hosted the concert on May 13 — expanded this year beyond the beloved rock band lineup to also include members of jazz, orchestra and chorus — in the Class of 2020 Quad, with the same lawn games, activities and ice cream bar that make the event so fun, but by twilight and under sparkling string lights this year from 7 to 9 p.m.
“The setting of the 2020 quad speaks to this event as a response to what the class of 2020 missed due to COVID, a senior spring,” said Chair of Arts Department Babs Wheelden. “That year, the students were unable to have Brookstock or prom, time together, outside enjoying our beautiful campus. We embraced that idea and ended up with the most vibrant evening of performances. The 59-student Queen tribute with all ensembles was a spectacular sight and sound to behold!”
As the music drifted up to Main Street, arts prefects organized lawn games, painted on peace tattoos and offered a tote bag decorating activity, bringing everyone together in the center of campus.
Music Teacher Dr. Emily DiAngelo declared that “it was the perfect night to celebrate the coming of spring, the end of the school year, and all the accomplishments of the music students this year.”