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Powhatan Boys Choir Sings for Boston Veterans

A close up of hands playing the trombone with sheet music in the background

Boys choir plays for Veterans

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Recently the Boys Choir of Powhatan Maryland arranged with VA Boston's Voluntary Service to visit the Brockton campus and perform a musical show for our Veterans.

The Choir, organized in 1998 by a music teacher at Powhatan Elementary school in Maryland was created to develop the character, social, musical talents and communication skills of young boys.  The aim was to find a way to direct the unused energy of young African-American males into fostering positive self-esteem while teaching team work.

Originally comprised of 50 boys from various socio-economic backgrounds from the Powhatan area the choir now includes boys aged 6 to 18 from various elementary, middle and high schools throughout the Baltimore area.

They’ve performed for schools, churches, community groups, hospitals and nursing homes in Washington DC, Georgia, Alabama, Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and Arkansas to name a few. Their cultural trips have spanned the United States all in an effort to expand the minds, awareness, talents and dreams of these boys and young men.

Traveling every Spring Break the choir always makes a point of stopping at VA Hospitals whenever they can to give back to the Veterans that have sacrificed so much. VA Boston Veterans gathered with staff and volunteers to listen to the choir perform.

The Brockton playbill included spiritual songs, show tunes and contemporary music sung in three part harmony by the soprano, alto and bass singers.  The group was accompanied by a young man on violin and another on trombone.

The Choir’s Boston itinerary took them to Bunker Hill Community College, the Harvard School of Law, and the Museum of African American History and concludes with the pregame show at the Boston Celtics game.

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