Anybody who doesn't know who Aaron Copland is should have been at Harbor View Elementary School on Friday.
Students from kindergarten to sixth grade at the Newport Beach campus paid tribute to the influential American composer through a performance that included song, dance, the spoken word and an instrumental selection, including kazoos.
"Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-a, Aaron Copland is our man today," the first-grade students sang.
Harbor View hosted its BRAVO! assembly to show its appreciation of Copland's music after spending the year learning about his work with Rob Slack, principal percussionist with the Pacific Symphony, through the Class Act program.
Class Act is a partnership between Costa Mesa-based Pacific Symphony and local schools like Harbor View that connects students with a professional musician for a year and introduces them to the works of different composers.
"Class Act elevates and provides depth and complexity that wouldn't usually be afforded in the school," said Principal Charlene Metoyer.