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October 15, 2003

The Ithaca Journal

Bass Eric Toyama foreground, leads a portion of the Dryden third grade students in taking the part of the bass drum as the a cappella singing group the Sons of Pitches worked with the assembled third grade students to form a three-piece vocal percussion section during a workshop at the Dryden Elementary School, Tuesday morning. Also with the group are Ross Mizrahi, left, and Ryan James, top leading the hi-hat cymbal section.

With 650 students sitting on the Dryden Elementary gym floor underneath student-crafted banners saying "Welcome SOP," the Ithaca a cappella group took the stage and started to sing. Toes tapped, kids bopped their heads and those who knew how to snapped.

SOP, also known as Sons of Pitches, spent all of Tuesday and half of today at the elementary school sharing their songs and their knowledge of music. "This is a great way to spread our love of music," Ross Mizrahi, an original member of the group, said. By dancing around, teaching kids 'The Sprinkler' -- a dance that involves simulating a lawn-watering device, singing falsetto while gargling water and serenading teachers, SOP took many approaches to sharing their passion. More

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