Music shatters language barriers for Japanese students visiting Glens Falls

Glens Falls students welcome Japanese counterparts

Glens Falls students welcome Japanese counterparts and one Japanese student plays an song at a reception.

Glens Falls Middle School and High School students had some special guests from 7,000 miles away.

Students from Saga City, Japan spent several days there as part of Glens Falls’ sister city program that started 36 years ago.

They used translator apps on their phones to communicate. However, in one classroom, there was no need for translation. The visitors from Japan not only knew what they were hearing, they played it.

One of the Japanese seventh graders told Jeremy Bouteiller, the school band director, that he knew how to play trumpet.

Bouteiller was able to grab an extra one and he jumped in and started playing.

Learn more about the song that the student played and the response of the school community by watching Mark Mulholland’s story.