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Take Five: Quintet Opens Rehearsal to Students

It's not every day that you get to watch professional musicians prepare for an upcoming tour. That rare treat was afforded to Sean Petersen on Thursday morning.

Petersen, a senior at New Canaan High School and an avid musician, and his classmates watched as the Thomas Bergeron Quintet interacted, shared ideas and got its timing down to make everything is pitch perfect.

"It's much more arduous than I thought it was," said Petersen, 17, a member of the student band Ballet For Athletes. "It's kind of nice to see it in person. It just shows how the rehearsal process is supposed to go."

Bergeron and his band had been scheduled to host a master class with the young musicians, all members of the marching band, concert and jazz bands. The quintet decided to host the open practice after bad weather closed schools six times this year. Thursday was the first time the band had practiced its the tour, which supports the album, " The First of All My Dreams ."

Bergeron said it's good to share the building process — including the brainstorming and the sharing of ideas — to show the students how the band comes together to make good music. "They see by cooperating, they can make something better than they can do on their own," Bergeron said.

New Canaan High Senior Becky Thompson, 17, was excited to see Bergeron play the trumpet. She and classmate Ben Granath, 16, watched Bergeron read over his notes and discuss ideas. "It's really cool," said Thompson, who plays trumpet for the school's concert and jazz bands. "It's different than listening to a concert. You get to see them work and talk things over."

Granath, a junior who also plays with the concert and jazz bands, said the music is "very complex" and it's good to check out how the professionals bring it all together. "It gives me a goal to work toward," he said.

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