Rhame Students Enjoy Music on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day Photo

It was a lucky day for Rhame Avenue students, when they arrived at school on March 17 to the beautiful sound of a bagpiper and drummer, playing traditional Irish songs.

The music was performed by Joe Beyrer of the County Armagh Pipe Band along with East Rockaway School district employee Kevin McTigue, who visited the school on St. Patrick’s Day to entertain and educate students and staff.

After performing outside the school building, Beyrer and McTigue visited third-grade students, where Beyrer described the parts of the bagpipes, including the bag and the different pipes. Beyrer was in uniform while at the school and discussed the various parts of a bagpiper’s uniform. He also explained the significance of the kilts and the headwear of bagpipers. In addition, the children learned about the snare drum that McTigue played and listened as the duo performed a few Irish tunes.

After his demonstration, Beyrer and McTigue walked the halls of Rhame Avenue playing the bagpipes, much to the delight of the school’s students and faculty. Principal Erik Walter extended his thanks to third-grade teacher Gail Beyrer, who helped to arrange her husband’s special visit to the school.