Local students play national anthem for Bluefish

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Local students, including Danielle Botta of Naugatuck, Jennifer DiZazzo of Beacon Falls. and Sophia Vescera of Prospect, from the Bethwood Suzuki Music School in Seymour perform the National Anthem before the Bridgeport Bluefish’s game last Friday in Bridgeport. -CONTRIBUTED

BRIDGEPORT — A group of local students performed at the Bridgeport Bluefish baseball game last Friday, playing a rendition of the national anthem on violins and the cello.

The students are from the Bethwood Suzuki Music School out of Seymour.

“We have performed at Bluefish baseball games and also the Bridgeport Sound Tigers hockey games,” Bethwood Suzuki office manager Dawn Rockwell said. “This group has played at fairs, festivals and nursing homes throughout the year. The kids are thrilled to play in front of such a large audience at the Bluefish and Sound Tigers games.”

Danielle Botta of Naugatuck along with Jennifer DiZazzo of Beacon Falls and Sophia Vescera of Prospect were among the group of 14 boys and girls that performed at the Bluefish game last Friday night.

“Jennifer has been with the music school for two years now,” said Jodi DiZazzo, whose daughter is a sixth-grade student at Long River Middle School. “Last fall she joined the performance team and really enjoys playing in front of large crowds at the games.”

Most of the kids in the music school are honor roll students and keep up a hectic practice schedule proving that hard work does pay off.

“These students are at lessons twice a week,” Rockwell said. “Then we hold special practices for the performance team. They put in a lot of hard work and playing in front of a crowd of this magnitude is their reward.”