Announcing Registration for the Grade 5-6 Jazz Lab Band

Registration is open for the 2016-17 grade 5-6 Jazz Lab Band program.

Registration is open for the 2016-17 grade 5-6 Jazz Lab Band program.

 

This exciting musical opportunity is open to all students in grades 5 & 6 currently enrolled in their school Band ensemble with exceptions made for a limited number of piano, bass and guitar students. This opportunity is open to students who play all band instruments, piano, bass, guitar and drum set.

Students will be performing music in the jazz, pop and rock styles and will develop skills in improvising and creating and performing their own original music. This ensemble will be taught by Darien Public Schools’ Elementary Band teacher, Mr. Colin Walters, and will be assisted by members of the award winning Darien High School Jazz Ensemble.

This ensemble will meet every Thursday from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. at Darien High School, 80 High School Lane in the Band Room, F013.  Depending on the response for this new opportunity, enrollment may be limited, so please respond by promptly retuning the form below to: Colin Walters, Royle School 133 Mansfield Avenue, Darien, CT 06820 or email to: cwalters@darienps.org  by Friday, October 14 in order to assure participation. The first rehearsal is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 13. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Walters or Director of Music, Rick Sadlon at: RSadlon@darienps.org  or 203-655-3981 ext: 2329

Registration forms are available from all elementary band teachers and on the Music Department blog/web site.

 

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DHS Students and Staff Impressed with New Auditorium Acoustical Shell

Mr. Grauer rehearses the Wind Ensemble on newly enhanced DHS stage.

Mr. Grauer rehearses the Wind Ensemble on newly enhanced DHS stage.

 

The new acoustical shell was installed on the Darien HS stage during the week of September 12.

The new acoustical shell was installed on the Darien HS auditorium stage during the week of September 12.

 

The Music Department is pleased to announce that our new Wenger Acoustical shell was installed on the Darien HS stage during the week of September 12. The shell improves the acoustics on the stage for the performers, enhances the sound for the audience and improves the overall appearance of the entire auditorium. Mr. Grauer rehearsed the Wind Ensemble on the new stage and commented on the improved clarity and overall quality of the sound of his ensemble. Several wind ensemble students also noted that they could hear themselves better and that it was much easier to hear other members of the ensemble.

We are all looking forward to the upcoming concert season and presenting our students on the new and improved auditorium stage. The first formal concerts of the year will be the DHS Bands Concert on October 26, the DHS/MMS Orchestra Night Concert on October 27, and the DHS/MMS Chorus Night on November 2.

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DHS Music Students Perform for 9-11 Ceremony

The Darien HS Choral students and trumpet soloist J.P. Barce performed for a 9-11 ceremony.

Our Darien HS Choral students and trumpet soloist J.P. Barcee performed for a 9-11 ceremony.

On Monday, September 12 the Darien HS Choral students, directed by Mr. Christopher Andrade performed 2 selection for the 9-11 ceremony.  Trumpet soloist JP Barcee performed taps for the event. We thank The Support Our Soldiers Club and their advisor Pam Zago for organizing this a personal and moving tribute for the entire student body.

 

 

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Darien Summer Strings: Fun, Sun and Music!!

 
The Darien Summer Strings perform weekly concerts.

The Darien Summer Strings perform weekly concerts.

 

 

The Advanced level of Summer Strings performed at the Darien Sidewalk sales event on July 15.

The Advanced level of Summer Strings performed at the Darien Sidewalk sales event on July 15.

The Darien Summer Strings program, under the direction of Ms. Jane Minnis, has an ambitious schedule of performances throughout the summer. The younger ensemble performs a weekly themed concert and the older more advanced ensemble performs several concerts throughout the community. Both groups will be wrapping up their summer season this week.

Pictured in the Advanced Summer Strings Ensemble:Front Row: Bart Codd, Indira Flores, Mariead Clas, Saskia Zimmermann, James McPartland, Aram Russell. Second Row: Rowan Kennedy, Mary McGovern, Noelle Cooke, Sadie Mossa, Maggie Russell, Samantha Pensiero, Third Row: Angelica Yika-Nacarino, Emme Cooke, Katie Lane, Peter McLean, Christine Inzer

 

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Darien Summer Jazz Students Perform at the Atria!

Summer Jazz students performed at the Atria Senior Living facility on July 14.

Summer Jazz students performed at the Atria Senior Living facility on July 14.

Jazz students pose for a picture with Atria residents including local trumpet player Bob Woods and his wife Gerry.

Jazz students pose for a picture with Atria residents including local trumpet player Bob Woods and his wife Gerry.

Summer Jazz program students, prepared and performed a program of jazz classics for the residents of the Atria Senior Living facility on Thursday, July 14. The young jazz musicians are participating in the Darien Summer Jazz Workshop program, directed by Director of Music, Rick Sadlon, and traditionally perform for the Atria residents each summer. The students in this year’s summer jazz program are:

Dania Zein, flute, Jake Dansker, alto sax, Kiran Ebrahimi, alto sax, Kaitlyn Keating, alto sax, Connor LaJaunie, alto sax, Aditya Rai, alto sax, Khrystos Yika-Nacarino, alto sax, Nolan Lovegrove, tenor sax, John Michael Fallon, tenor sax, Andrew Dedon, trombone, Blake Triano, trombone, Scout Emerson, acoustic bass, Sebastian Mengwall, piano, Theodore Bang, piano, John Raskopf, drums

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Elementary and MMS Music Ensembles Receive Awards at Festival

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Nearly 400 students from the Darien Public Schools participated in the Music in the Parks Festival on Saturday, June 4. The Elementary Honors Band, Orchestra and Chorus Ensembles along with the MMS Camerata Singers, Grade 7&8 Orchestras and the MMS … Continue reading

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Announcing Beginning Strings and Band Registration Events!!

Opportunities to register for the beginning band and String programs take place this week.

Opportunities to register for the beginning Band and String programs take place this week.

The Music Department of the Darien Public Schools is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for all current third and fourth grade students to be a part of our Darien Band program and for current second grade students to begin playing an instrument and enroll in our String program

All current 2nd grade students who wish to begin to study a string instrument are invited to attend our Invitation to Strings Night on Tuesday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Middlesex Middle School Auditorium.

All current third and fourth grade students in the Darien Public Schools who wish to begin learning a band instrument in the fall of this year are invited and encouraged to attend the beginning band informational evening meeting to be held in the Tokeneke School Common Room at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 9.

These presentations will be for interested students and their parents in all five Darien Elementary Schools. An explanation of our exciting and rewarding instrumental music programs, instrument demonstrations, instrument rental program information, and class registrations for this fall will take place at this time. All interested students are eligible to begin band or string instrument instructions. All students attending these evening sessions must be accompanied by an adult. Information regarding this opportunity for students will also be distributed to students in their respective schools.

If you have any questions regarding the elementary band or string programs in the Darien Public Schools, please see the Band or String teacher at one of the elementary schools or call the District Music Office at: 655-3981 ext: 2250.

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DHS Choruses Perform Program of Spirituals for Charity Event!

The DHS Choruses perform a program of Spirituals for charity fund raising event on May 22.

The DHS Choruses perform a program of Spirituals for a charity fund raising event on May 22.

The Darien High School Concert Choir and Tudor Singers, under the direction of Christopher Andrade, presented an educational concert program on the musical legacy of American Spirituals at First Congregational Church in Darien on Sunday, May 22. The concert was a benefit for “At Home In Darien,” a local nonprofit dedicated to providing assistance to the elderly in the Darien community.  More information about the charity can be found at http://www.athomeindarien.org/

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Pre-School ELP Students Present Programs of Spirituals

Our ELP students lead by Mrs. Katharine Knapp present programs based on Spirituals.

Our ELP students lead by Mrs. Katharine Knapp present programs based on Spirituals.

 

ELP students keeping the beat to African songs with rhythm sticks.

ELP students keeping the beat to African songs with rhythm sticks.

Our ELP/Pre-School Music Instructor, Mrs. Katherine Knapp is presenting her students in share programs based on American Spirituals at Royle, Ox Ridge and Tokeneke Schools. The students begin their programs with songs and dances from the African continent and then move to American Spirituals such as “This Train is Bound for Glory” and “Oh, Won’t You Sit Down.” The students engage in singing, playing classroom instruments and actively moving to the beat of the music. Parents as well as students are engaged in singing and participating in the program.

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Congratulations to Darien High School 2016 All-State Musicians

Six Darien High School outstanding music students participated in the CT All-State Music Festival in Hartford on April 28-30.

Six of Darien High School’s  outstanding music students participated in the CT All-State Music Festival in Hartford on April 28-30. Pictured L-R: Theresa Du, Dominick Wood, Wen Yan Toh, Avery Brook, Caroline Lacy and Sara Baldwin.

Six outstanding musicians from Darien High School were chosen through a highly competitive state-wide audition process and participated in the Connecticut Music Educators Association All-State Music Festival. The rehearsals and the concerts for the festival took place at Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT on April 28-30 in conjunction with the CMEA conference.  The Darien students had the privilege of working in musical ensembles with Connecticut’s most accomplished high school musicians conducted by nationally renowned conductors and educators.   Richard Sadlon, the Director of Music in Darien states that, “We are all extremely proud of the accomplishments of our All-State Music students and they are to be commended and recognized for doing such a fine job of representing Darien High School and our entire town at this prestigious state-wide event. They are among the finest school musicians in our state.”

The Darien All-State Music students are: From the Orchestra: Sara Baldwin and Wen Yan Toh. From the Jazz Ensemble: Dominick Wood. Band: Theresa Du, and Chorus: Avery Brook and Caroline Lacy. 

 

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