By Julia LeDoux, Pentagram Staff WriterAugust 23, 2013
JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. -Call them the Cody Child Development Center idols.
Students in the Strong Beginnings pre-kindergarten classes put on their annual music presentation Aug. 16, delighting parents and center staff with renditions of children's classics played with instruments they made themselves.
"It was a weeklong process," said teacher Shirley Roseboro of the preparation that went into the concert. "Anything they had at home to make instruments, they brought in."
Kids from the Blue Jay classroom formed the Blue Jay Blues Brothers band while those in the Robins classroom became the Tye Dye Rock Band, even donning tie-dyed tee shirts for the occasion.
"They've been looking forward to this all week," said Joanna Balteo, whose son, Trevor, 4, rocked out with the Tye Dye band. "He and his brother like to get their band out in the living room."
Melissa Picco proudly pointed to her son, Jonathan, who was playing a harmonica.
"Like a lot of kids, he loves music and he is very curious about it. They've been really creative this week and incorporated a recycling element."
The kids happily performed using homemade tambourines, drums and other instruments.
Dave Tomlinson took time off from his day job at the Pentagon to "moonlight" at the event, singing "Itsy Bitsy Spider" with his daughters, Ashley, 5, and Cate, 2.
"It was really cool," he said. "Ashley was excited all week for it. She knew the time, she knew the date, she knew everything about it."