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Eastside students recorded in song
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Over 430 young voices were raised in song recently as Bill Zechman, volunteer producer for WCPI Public Radio 91.3 FM, recorded Eastside Elementary School’s entire student body as the students performed two songs for broadcast on local radio.The huge choir gave an enthusiastic rendition of “Jingle Bells,” appropriate for the Christmas season, and “Lean on Me,” which the group performed to great acclaim at the school’s Veterans Day program.Under the direction of school nurse and accomplished singer Terri Bryan, who added a sweet voiced solo to “Lean on Me,” the group took several takes to get an unspoiled performance on digital media for Zechman, who acted as recording engineer.Though “Jingle Bells” was a last-minute addition for airing during the Christmas season, Zechman says the group will receive much airplay next year.“With the entire student body singing ‘Lean on Me,’ we are committed to maximum radio-active exposure of these beautiful young voices,” said Zechman. “Therefore, we will air their recording daily, at least during the first three months of 2012. The exact time in the broadcast schedule will be announced when it has been determined.”