Residents’ Grandson Performs in Brass Band at The Birches

Clarendon Hills, IL, May 15, 2016 --( The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills, Ill. is keeping its entertainment lineup all in the family, so to speak. That’s because on May 11, The Birches welcomed a group of musical entertainers with an unusual connection to The Birches— one of the members is the grandson of a resident.

Birches residents Jack and Madeline Cavenagh put in a special request for their favorite musician, their grandson Sean Cavenagh, a few months back, but it wasn’t until recently that talented high school musician had the chance to come play.

Cavenagh plays trumpet in brass band sextet that includes five of his fellow high school students from Naperville Central High School. The band, which consists of three trumpets (counting Sean’s), a tuba, a French horn and a trombone, played classical pieces for their audience at The Birches, although they are also interested in jazz and other musical genres as well.

Birches Activities Director Katie Klitchman says the residents thoroughly enjoyed the performance, and, of course, the Cavenaghs were very proud to watch their grandson perform for their friends and neighbors.

“It was really a great performance. And there were three generations of the Cavenagh family here, so that was pretty cool,” said Klitchman.

Although Sean Cavenagh will be graduating from high school in the weeks to come, Klitchman says The Birches would love to have him back for another performance, even though he will soon be a busy college student. And the family members of other residents are always welcome to share their talents with the Birches community too, says Klitchman.

“I think these performances take on a special meaning when family is involved,” said Klitchman. “They become more than just entertainment, they become an expression love and a great source of pride for our residents.”

The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills offers professional services to support the physical, social, intellectual and spiritual growth of the older adults who make it their home. The Birches offers purposeful programming and activities designed to promote a healthy aging lifestyle and a strong sense of community. For more information about The Birches, call 630-789-1135 or visit:
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Jenny Smiechowski