Glen Cove Community Honors Mr. Reardon


The Glen Cove community recently enjoyed an evening of jazz and wind ensemble at Glen Cove High School, one of several concerts showcasing the talents of the district’s fine instrumentalists and vocalists. The evening was a special one, as it was the last concert directed by retiring Band Director James Reardon.

Celebrating his 27th year of teaching music in Glen Cove, Mr. Reardon was greeted with a standing ovation as he walked onto the stage to direct the Brass Ensemble’s rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner.” While taking time in between numbers to reminisce about his fond memories in the district, Mr. Reardon did not miss a beat in making sure he recognized his student musicians and their growth and achievements under his tutelage. He also applauded district officials for providing him with the resources to get the job done, and most importantly, the parents for their support through the years. He first began at the middle school before coming to the high school several years later.

“My 27-year career as a Band Director in Glen Cove has been the most rewarding and memorable transcendent journey I could have ever imagined,” said Mr. Reardon. “Having been most fortunate to have had the opportunity to teach hundreds of wonderful students, it is my hope that I have been able to touch each of their lives by instilling the love and passion that music gives to the soul, inspiring the pursuit of excellence in all that they do, and enabling them to experience the joy that musical performance brings to both themselves and their audience.”

From the Concert Band’s performance of Robert W. Smith’s “Where the Black Hawk Soars,” to the Wind Ensemble’s anthology of Star Wars songs, the night’s music was crisp and flawless. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph A. Laria even stepped on stage to provide eloquent lead vocals to the Jazz Ensemble’s accompaniment on “You Made Me Love You,” one of the most popular love songs of all time, which has been performed and recorded by many great singers since its introduction in Broadway’s The Honeymoon Express back in the early 1900s. Shania Wilcox also brought the house down, lending her powerful voice to the Jazz Ensemble’s rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.”

Mr. Reardon also received a proclamation from Glen Cove City Mayor Ralph Suozzi and Glen Cove MPAPA presented him with a special quilt they created with farewell contributions from staff. Congratulations to Mr. Reardon on a wonderful career and best of luck in the future!