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Left: Band members, kneeling: Brandon Kovnat ofWest Bloomfield, Daniel Stein of Franklin, Cantor Dubov, Chas Williams of Bloomfield Hills, Erica Wedes of Huntington Woods,
Aleksandra Dubov ofWest Bloomfield, and Sarah Rollins of Farmington. Middle row, standing: Jason Nunez of Southfield, Andrew Becker of Huntington Woods, Justin Wedes of
Huntington Woods, Oren Shani of Rochester Hills, David Silver ofWest Bloomfield, Emily Schwartz of Birmingham, Alexandra Peri ofWest Bloomfield and Jackie Winkelman of
Bloomfield Hills. Back row: Molly Mardit of Huntington Woods, Andrew Lapin of Huntington Woods, Keith Schonberger ofWest Bloomfield Joshua Garvin of Berkley, Yuriy
Leonovich of Franklin, Josh Rollins of Farmington and Jefflg Simon ofWest Bloomfield. Right: Band parent Barry Mardit of Huntington Woods offers a tip to band members in
New York City.
and "God Bless America".
in, New York said they've never seen it quite like
In the end, the trip was a huge success; the par-
the way they saw it on the tour.
and the band members were very glad they
Many of those who were on the trip agree that
the highlight was the performance at Carnegie
When asked whether he would like to go back to
Hall. When the performance was over, the crowd
York with the band, Keith Schonberger, 16,
was ecstatic. Every person in the room was on his
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of West Bloomfield replied, "I definitely would."
or her feet, screaming and clapping with excite-
He said, "Traveling with the band is always the
ment. The audience and the band alike thought
Two years ago, Cantor Stephen Dubov announced
point of being a part of it, as I'm sure all of
that the performance was the best of the band's
the Kidz Klez Band of Michigan would be going
band members would agree. However, I
to Carnegie Hall in New. York City.
next tour is going to be the long-awaited
Carnegie Hall was not the only place we per-
At this remark, some people laughed and
formed. The next day, we woke up bright and early European, Euro-Disney trip. We'll keep our fingers
thought, "That'll never happen." Little did we
crossed." I I
to eat breakfast and get on a bus to the Jewish
know that, with dedication, hard work and prac,
Community Center on 76th street. The band
tice, we would be playing at Carnegie Hall in two
played for a group of about 100 kids aged 4-6 who Jeffrey Simon, 16, ofWest Bloomfield has played
clarinet in the Kidz Klez Band of Michigan for more
went to day camp there. The kids instantly loved
Though the trip lasted only four days, we
the music, and they and their counselors were jubi- than four years. He also plays in the symphony and
packed in a week's worth of activities, with the
jazz bands at West Bloomfield High School. He
lantly singing and dancing to every song we
majority of touring done on a double-decker bus.
attends Temple Beth El.
played, including "Hava Nagila," "Zemer Atik"
Even those who had previously been to, or lived
Auditions for the Kidz Klez Band of Michigan will take place this October for musicians in grades 5-12 with two years experience on their instruments. For infor-
mation or to purchase a copy of the Kidz Klez Band of Michigan's Rind-raising CD, Carnegie Hall or Bust; call Congregation Chaye Olam at (248) 752-6669.1
Our Kidz Klez
MOLLY E. MARDIT
Special to the Jewish News
I'd always dreamed of one day performing in
Carnegie Hall. It seemed to be an almost unattain-
able feat. However, my dream as well as the dreams
of others came true when our band performed
there on July 1.
Under the direction of Cantor Stephen Dubov,
and the support of our parents and friends, the
Kidz Klez Band of Michigan made its pilgrimage
to New York City.
Upon our arrival, we traveled to the Empire
State Building. Later, we all boarded a double-
decker bus to tour Manhattan. For three incredible
hours, everyone absorbed the beautiful sights and
sounds of the city. It was alive with diversity and
filled with a rich cultural history that we were all
able to learn about that night.
The next day was our performance in Carnegie
Hall, and I can honestly say it was the best we've
ever sounded. All of us played our hearts out and
the music blended together fantastically. At that
moment, I knew we were really a part of some-
thing bigger than ourselves and that we were so ---
lucky to be granted such a special opportunity.
We also visited several other places such as
Chinatown, Little Italy, Wall Street, SoHo, Times
Square, Central Park, Greenwich Village and the
Brooklyn Bridge. We drove by the homes of many
famous celebrities, including Jacqueline Kennedy
Onassis, Madonna, Katherine Hepburn and Walter
Cronkite, as well as the Dakota apartments, where
John Lennon was assassinated.
At Ground Zero, I felt particularly impacted.
One of our band members --- Daniel Stein, 16 of
Franklin --- played "Taps" on his trumpet.
Everyone recited prayers and we sang "Oseh
Shalom" together as we attracted the attention and
participation of other tourists and passersby.
I thought sadly about how many innocent peo-
ple lost their lives on that fateful September
morning. Personally, it was very hard to believe
that the Twin Towers actually collapsed. It was too
horrible to be true, and for this, we prayed for all
who lost their lives that day.
Our last day on the trip, we boarded a ferry to
Ellis Island and also took a tour of the Museum of
Jewish Heritage. At these places, I learned so much
about my people. At Ellis Island, I could feel a
presence with me as I walked along from exhibit to
exhibit. It was almost as if my ancestors had come
alive and were walking with me in that building.
In the museum, I was reminded of the chal-
lenges our people faced and the unbreakable spirit
of the Jewish heart. Because of the fun, cama-
raderie and overall experience, I knew all of the
kids so much better now, and we had developed
lasting friendships. LI
Molly E. Mardit, 14, is a Huntington Woods resi-
dent who plays piano in the Kidz Klez Band of
Michigan. She attends Berkley High School and
Congregation Beth Shalom.