ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Fourth and Fifth graders from a dozen District 205 elementary schools meet after school, once a week, for choir rehearsal.

Constance Lane’s music director, Brad Koloch, believes music education is vital in schools.

“Music helps them to learn to read better, [it] helps them to learn mathematics and understand it better, [it] helps them to understand scientific principles, like acoustics and vibration and things like that,” Koloch said. “It reaches into so many different things.”

The district-wide choir recently made its debut performance at Alignment Rockford’s 10th Anniversary Celebration, at Franchesco’s Ristorante, 7128 Spring Creek Road, on November 13th.

Koloch says he discovered the perfect song.

In a forgotten file, Koloch found the sheet music for a song called “Rockford, You’re My Home Town,” which was written by Barbara Taggart in the early 1900’s.

“The Rockford City Council officially adopted it as [the city’s official song] in 1944,” Koloch said.

“What is says about our community and the people who are here [is], the desire to, no matter where we go, we want to come back, because Rockford is my home town,” he continued. “I think that’s something that sits well inside the heart of every one of these kids.”

At the Alignment Rockford event, the song was a hit.

Upon hearing it, Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara said, “When you hear them singing so proudly and so passionately about their home town, and the song talks about a town that is good for business, that is encouraging folks to come back. The song talks about the connections that individuals have in our community, to one another.”

The choir’s next performance is Thursday, December 12th at 6:30 p.m. at CherryVale Mall, at 7200 Harrison Avenue.


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