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Stow officially celebrated the opening of the addition and renovation of The Center School. Thanks to everyone for all their hard work in making the new school a reality!
Stow continued its annual tradition of celebrating Memorial Day with a parade and ceremony. Commander Jeff Lance USN (Ret.) led the parade and ceremonies with the attendance and participation of hundreds of Stow citizens. Lance began his remarks at Brookside Cemetery by telling of his participation in the assembly held at the new Center School with the 4th grade chorus and speeches by the assistant principal and two veterans (including Lance). The participation of children and young adults makes the festivities special, and promises a long future. Pompo 1st graders grew marigolds in school, marched in the parade, and placed them at the gravestones of veterans. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts refreshed the grave flags. High school students played patriotic songs in the marching band. And 8th grader Thomas Bunnell recited the Gettysburg Address. The ceremony itself is quite moving. The names of all of Stow's fallen veterans from all wars are read along with laying of the wreaths, playing of Taps, volley by the Stow Minutemen, and this year a volunteer chorus singing the benediction. After the ceremony at the cemetery, the parade marches to the Randall Library for the National Moment of Silence at 3PM and an address by our State Representative, Kate Hogan. Congratulations to all of Stow for honoring the brave men and women who fought to defend our liberty!
Related post: Memorial Day (May 25, 2009)
Last week was an exciting one for school-based music from children in Stow!
On Tuesday night, the Center School Elementary Bands held their annual Spring concert. Led by new band director and music teacher Jessica Nolan, the bands each played a full program. The fourth grade band played American and Mexican folk songs as well as a trumpet feature from Mozart, a trombone feature from Rossini, and features of flutes, clarinets, saxophones and percussions. The fifth grade band played four numbers including a dance and a march and ended with the ever popular John Williams "Star Wars" theme.
On the following night, the Hale Middle School Bands took the stage. Led by longtime band director and music teacher Don Moultroup, the performance included the chorus featuring Erika Rohrberg on flute and voice soloists Lyndsey Hawkes and Sam Griffen. The two jazz bands then wowed the packed house. Jazz Band II played "Corazon" and "Rescue Me" (featuring vocals by Ms. Hawkes). The MAJE Gold Medalist Jazz Band I played Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo" in the vintage 40s style as well as a salsa number "Rice and Beans." The ensemble 6th, 7th and 8th grade bands then closed out the show, with the grand finale being an arrangement of famous "The Doors" songs.
The music program is enhanced by the support of Stow Friends of Music (SFOM), a non-profit organization whose mission is to support music education in the Stow, Massachusetts schools. This year, the SFOM has been able to provide drums, percussion instruments, sheet music, instrument repair and more. For information on contributing or joining this non-profit organization, please email Nanae Ervin.
Note: Unfortunately, I was not able to take photographs of the middle school concert because I was stuck in the sound booth. But I hope you enjoy the images from the Center School concert. Because this was a school function, high-resolution downloads are free and prints are near-cost from the larger set of gallery images.