Cellist, drummer share their talents

Andover Elementary School students were treated to a performance by Moncton cellist Jaeyoung Chong and local drummer Jason Leone on June 12. Chong also gave a recital in the village on June 13. PHOTO: CORINNE FITZHERBERT/THE VICTORIA STAR

Andover Elementary School students were treated to a performance by Moncton cellist Jaeyoung Chong and local drummer Jason Leone on June 12. Chong also gave a recital in the village on June 13. PHOTO: CORINNE FITZHERBERT/THE VICTORIA STAR

CORINNE FITZHERBERT -- THE VICTORIA STAR -- July 6, 2018

Andover Elementary School in Perth-Andover was feeling the beat as a drummer and a renowned cellist shared their talents during a visit on Tuesday, June 12.

Jaeyoung Chong, a guest cello teacher with the Sistema NB Tobique/ Perth-Andover centre, and drummer Jason Leone spent time making music with the students.

Chong, a Moncton (Riverview) musician, also gave a recital at Trinity Anglican Church in Perth-Andover with local and Sistema musicians on June 13.

“He’s an amazing musician,” Dave Halpine, centre director, said. “He can play just about anything you ask him to.”

Chong plays classical, jazz, rock, alternative, metal, acoustic and every other genre imaginable. During the time he spent with Grade 3 students at Andover Elementary, he had them bouncing around the stage as he played the opening to Metallica’s Enter Sandman with Leone providing accompaniment on the drums.

Chong is also a composer, writer and was the 2016 winner of the University of Ottawa’s Concerto competition.

Halpine said Chong is completing his graduate degree at the Shepherd School of Music, part of Rice University in Houston, TX. He said it’s not a university people (from here) are familiar with, but it is as important musically as New York’s Juilliard.

Drummer Jason Leone recently moved to the Perth-Andover area and gives drumming lessons at Long and McQuade in Grand Falls.

“The students were really lucky to be able to spend some time with these musicians,” he added.