The Salvation Army honored Dr. Robert Thompson and nine music students at a ceremony at the Conservatory of Music on February 18 to thank them for volunteering to perform next to Salvation Army Red Kettles at White Plains shopping centers throughout December.
The students attracted crowds that increased the number and size of donations according to the Salvation Army. An A Cappella choir performed outside Bloomingdales, a trombonist and trumpeter played duets next to the Christmas Tree Shop and two flautists, a harpist and a brass quartet performed indside the Westchester Mall.
Students honored for their service include Mary Cappillino, Thomas McHugh, Jamie Lee, Christopher Espy, Elizabeth Cook, Brandon Lewis, Nadine Kulberg, Christopher CZiotka and Ti Chung.
"This is a beautiful example of how the community can work together in times of need," said Capt. Antonio Rosamilia, who heads the Salvation Army Community Center in White Plains. "We are touched by the caring Purchase shows toward its neighbors, and hope this is the beginning of a long and mutually rewarding partnership."
Capt. Rosamilia, a tuba played who has toured internationally, also performed, as did Dr. Robert Thompson, an acclaimed trumpet player.
"It was exciting to play with musicians of your caliber," Rosamilla said as hepresented Thompson and the students with framed certificates and small gifts.