2011-06-29 / Features

MPB Glee Club Sings At Citi Field


MPB Glee Club has been in existence for three years. MPB Glee Club has been in existence for three years. The Most Precious Blood School (MPB) Glee Club and their director, Pura Gonzalez, were rewarded for their hard work when they were invited to sing at Citi Field on Catholic Schools Night, June 22. Every spring and fall the Mets hold the Catholic Schools Night and donate a portion of proceeds to the schools attending. All the school names are flashed on the big screen during the game and there is an award given to the school with the greatest ticket sales.

But the greatest award, at least to the MPB Glee Club students, was achieving their dream of singing for the Mets. They practiced the whole year, giving up three recesses and one day a week after school to practice for this event. They then submitted an audition tape and were the one glee club selected to perform that night. The 29 member club has also performed in May at Samaritan Village, a senior center in Woodside and last December at Astoria Federal Savings Bank (30th Avenue and 38th Street).


Most Precious Blood (MPB) Glee Club warms up along with the Mets on the field. The club worked with MPB Glee Club Director Pura Gonzalez all year to be chosen to sing on Catholic Schools Night. Most Precious Blood (MPB) Glee Club warms up along with the Mets on the field. The club worked with MPB Glee Club Director Pura Gonzalez all year to be chosen to sing on Catholic Schools Night. During the afternoon the students were given a sound check on the field while the Mets warmed up just steps away. The children were happy to watch the Mets at such close range. Later they performed two songs for the crowd prior to the game: “I Won’t Grow Up” from Peter Pan and “ Afternoon On A Hill”. Immediately after they left the field, there was a downpour that delayed the game for an hour. In addition to the delay the game went into overtime, ending in the 14th inning, with the Mets winning, 3-2. Quite a memorable night for all, especially to some of the children who had not yet been to Citi Field.

The glee club’s tee shirts were donated by Flynn & O’Hara Uniforms and transportation was donated by Thomas M. Quinn & Sons Funeral Home.

Their performance, along with interviews that captured their excitement, was featured in the show “Currents” on NET TV.—Annette Hanze Alberts

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