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“El Sistema” music ed program sets roots with Springfield SciTech

Trumpet student from SciTech

Boston’s WBUR radio highlights the “El Sistema” music education program UMass band alumnus Gary Bernice ’07, ’10G employs at Springfield’s SciTech high school. Massachusetts is the first state to provide grant funding to schools where El Sistema is used in music education.

Jerannchris Rivera Heredia, who plays trumpet in the SciTech band says of Gary Bernice,

“Mr. Bernice inspired me to do better in my classes. He showed me that through music almost anything is actually possible. And I will always keep a smile on my face — like he does — and be happy about life and stuff.”

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