NewsWorks Features Play On, Philly!
By Peter Crimmins
Audio Slideshow by Lindsay LazarskiAn after-school music program in Philadelphia is trying to create better citizens, one musician at a time.
Stanford Thompson and his roster of classically trained musicians teach 120 kids at St. Francis de Sales Catholic School in West Philadelphia.
"Every child is an asset," said Thompson, the founder, director, and chief cheerleader of Play On, Philly! "There's no such thing as musical disability, only possibility."
A roomful of kids playing wind instruments puts that theory to the test as the young musicians try to master the complicated Latin rhythms of Leonard Bernstein's "America" from "West Side Story." They each know their parts, but they have a hard time figuring out when they are supposed to come in.