What can overcome the feeling of competition? A shared love of music.
That was the case last Friday at the football game between Burlington High School and Belmont High School.
Burlington resident, parent and band staff member Faydeen Sateriale let Burlington Patch know about this story that shows the competing schools coming together for a music collaboration.
Sateriale explained that during the half-time of the Sept. 21 game, the two bands both played the Beatle's song "Eleanor Rigby." During the second half of the game members of the Burlington High Marching Band asked staff members if they could go and talk with the Belmont musicians.
Permission was granted and the students decided to play together following the game. As players left the field fans were treated to a sudden version of the song as the bands began to play in together.
"As both a parent and band staff member I am so proud of our kids!" Sateriale said. "I am also proud to be part of a great school district and town. The respect and just plain 'getting along' is an example all of us should emulate."
"Belmont enjoyed the night as much as Burlington did playing in the visitor stands as one band of about 180 musicians (including dance squads and color guards)" she added.
Sateriale also sent along the link to this Youtube video of the performance. The video was taken and posted by Shirley Fong. See the original here.
Sateriale wasn't the only person to find this video inspiring. She also sent a screen shot of a Facebook page that had many comments from fans and parents.
"I don't think I've ever seen Belmont travel in the past 11 years ... what a fantastic opportunity for the two bands to play together!," one person commented.
"Thanks for recording this! I was too in AWE to realize I should be recording it. It sounded FANTASTIC!!! I'm so glad our kids decided to go over there and the Belmont band was so receptive. Truly wonderful!," another added.
"The best thing about it ... it was entirely the students' idea," commented Belmont's Band Director Matt Lovell.
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