Here is a pretty inspiring story of Gregg Breinberg who took – what could have been – an ordinary teaching job and instilled imagination and passion, transforming it into something far greater for himself and his students.
Like many people, I became aware of them a couple of years ago when their videos went viral on YouTube. Along the way Breinberg and the P.S.22 Chorus have become somewhat like rockstars. Their videos have received over 40 million views, they have performed at the Oscars, on Oprah, in a television commercial, and many other high-profile events. Many of the performers whose songs they have performed Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Common, Crowded House, Tori Amos, and Matisyahu, have taken an interest and showed up at the school, or elsewhere to perform with the students. Even other celebrities like Tyra Banks, Marcia Gay Harden, Matt Damon, and Anne Hathaway have also shown their support.
A while back I interviewed Barton Brooks, the founder of a non-profit Global Colors who called himself “the luckiest man.” It was easy to see why, he traveled the world and had these amazing adventures. On first glance, I wouldn’t necessarily expect a public school music teacher to also refer to himself as “the luckiest man,” and go on to say “most people look forward to vacation time, I look forward to getting back to work.” However, after watching this video, it is easy to see why?
You can catch all of their performance on their blog http://ps22chorus.blogspot.com/