On Monday, December 16, Windsor High School’s Jazz Quartet played holiday jazz at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks. The group, which includes saxophonist David Jardim, 17, guitarist Ryan Munasinghe, 15, bassist Ryan Crisanti, 15, drummer Ben Mueller, 17, and director Steven Ortiz, dedicated their performance to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. Friends of the students handed out green ribbons to travelers in honor of the victims.
“As part of the 26 days of kindness, we felt that honoring all involved in Sandy Hook through music was the right thing to do”, said Ortiz. “A lot of people appreciated the fact that we handed out ribbons and dedicated our performance to the memory of the victims”, said Ortiz.
The students received a surprise visit from Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). “This is a great thing the kids are doing”, said Blumenthal, as he donned one of the green ribbons being handed out.
“We always have a great time when we play - we wanted to play some feel-good music for a good cause, and the fact that so many people enjoyed it makes the experience even more rewarding”, said Mueller.
Ryan Crisanti attests to the feel-good atmosphere they create through their music: “My parents both travel a lot so I know how important it is to have a welcoming experience when you come home. I think we contributed to that today.”
The group plans to play at the airport again in the near future.