Admittedly, I’m a bit delayed in sharing this story. But for anyone lucky enough to hear the Trottier Middle School Big Band play with jazz great Walter Beasley earlier this month (I was), no doubt the music is still reverberating in your head. It was a truly wonderful concert, and not just for the amazing music, but also for the touching tribute to Trottier seventh-grader Eric Green.
Writes the Metrowest Daily News:
The notes, clear and true, may have rung out from the trumpet of Brian Keefe, but they belonged to Eric Green.
Last night’s audience at the Trottier Middle School auditorium, captivated and misty eyed, gave a standing ovation after “Swing Shift,” a tribute to the boy who last played the song in the same place last December.
Described by family and friends as smart, funny, talented but above all, kind, Eric died unexpectedly on Jan. 12 from complications of a seizure. A recording of the 12-year-old performing the song with the band was played at his funeral.
If you haven’t already seen the full story in the MWDN, pop over and give it a read. It’s a good one. There are also some nice photos, along with a video of the band playing “Swing Shift.”