Ann Curry, host of NBC’s “Today Show,” played a stint with the Bergenfield (N.J.) High School Band as part of a special “Have You Ever” segment in which the hosts do something they’ve always dreamed of.
“She mentioned that she values music a lot for her own children but never got an opportunity to experience it herself,” says Brian Timmons, director of bands and district music coordinator at Bergenfield.
Curry spent about five hours with the students, learning all about marching band, in their gymnasium. After trying out several different instruments, she decided to play the bass drum. “Ann was really warm and dealt with the kids very positively—she was excited to have them working with her,” Timmons says. “They all came away from the experience commenting how genuine and warm she was.”