The beginning of a new school year has always been a momentous occasion. I remember it growing up as a time of renewal. You start with all "A's". The weather is just beginning to turn from blistering hot to quite comfortable. Structure and routine returns. The reactions to the new school year appear to be one of those universal constants. Nothing has changed since when I was a kid. Except now I see it from the eyes of being a parent.
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.
The Stow PTO sponsored the 9th annual Arts Buffet Festival yesterday. For more from this event, see Arts Buffet on Stow PTO