Shabbat Band Makes Beautiful Music!

Simcha Band 2015 JunePsalm 98 tells us, “Sing praise to the Lord with the harp, with trumpets and horns make a joyful noise…”

At our special Spotlight Shabbat on Friday, June 5, the Simcha band did not have any trumpets, horns or harps. We praised God with our alto-saxophones, drums, basses, tenor sax, piano, violin and cello. With our joyous music , the “Simcha Band” lived up to its name. With our musicians from elementary school to middle school, high school, college and in the working world, we lived up to being “multi-generational. “ With Dan Silver joining us for the first time, we were not only multi-generational but were the first mother-son musicians in the band’s five year history.

Special thanks to Elliot Lasiter, Sam Lasiter, Sebastian Posada, Talia Fellus, Rene Chalom, Carney Mimms, Dr. Ken Bannerman, Sol Bernstein, Jerilyn Margulies and Dan Silver. We love watching our young musicians grow up with the band and our older musicians act as mentors. We love how your music, strengthens our community.

Extra special thanks to Conductor Mark Weinstein who always makes time in his very busy schedule. He patiently encourages and nurtures each musician.

As always, thanks to Marge and the office staff, to the custodial staff, and to parents who shlep instruments and drive back and forth to rehearsals. You all support our musical efforts and it is much appreciated.

We missed some of our “regulars” on Shabbat and hope they will return to the band when they have more time.

Rabbi Greenstein is welcome to become an official band member any time. His voice full of prayer is his special instrument.



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Merrill Silver

Merrill Silver

Merrill Silver is a long-time member of Shomrei. She can often be seen at the piano as part of the Simcha Band, a cross-generational musical ensemble she organizes at Shomrei. She and her husband Andy host "Minyan @ Home" the Wednesday night Maariv service at their home. She has tutored many of Shomrei's B'nai Mitzvah kids in leading services and chanting Torah.
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