Academy Past and Present are “29 Strong”
Posted on 11/16/2018
29 strong

When the Hartford Foundation For Public Giving, a non-profit serving the capital region, announced new community grants for the 29 Hartford area communities, they turned to former Academy student Zoe Chatfield (class of 2013) to write a song for the event and current students to perform it. Chatfield, who works for the branding firm CO:LAB, wrote, along with her boss Richard Hollant, the song “29 Strong.” The lyrics speak of the importance of communities uniting for the sole purpose of building growth. “Lines they can’t divide us, they are just here to draw us near, for whatever we envision, together we can build, from the rooftops to the valley, we’ll be placing stepping stones.”

Music students from the Academy spent weeks rehearsing the song to be performed during a slideshow where Foundation president Jay Williams unveiled the Foundation’s new initiative. When the first snow storm of the season prevented a live performance from happening, a change of plans was enacted. The students instead made a recording of the song which was then played during the ceremony. The song was performed by Heather Feliciano, Nyla Cruz, and Pilar Marcano on vocals, Caleb Duval on bass, Cole Olson on guitar, and Bruce Wilson on drums. The group was directed by music faculty members, Grant Beale and Becky Ellis.

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