DHS Orchestra Fund Raiser: Dining for Dollars at Bertucci’s Today!!

The Darien High School Orchestra is collaborating with Bertucci’s of Darien in a “Dining for Dollars” funding raising event today, Tuesday, December 16.  Bertucci’s will donate 15% of whatever you spend at the restaurant between 11:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. this evening. The coupon, available at the link below, must be presented at the time of purchase and the offer is good for dine in, carry out or delivery orders. Members of the DHS Orchestra will also be performing at Bertucci’s from 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.  this evening.

Bertucci’s is located at: 54 Post Road in Darien. The phone number is: 203-655-4299.

Present the flyer available at the following link and 15% of what you spend will be
donated to the Darien High School Orchestra:  http://tinyurl.com/DHSOrchBertuccis

Thank you for your support of the Darien High School Orchestra!


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Darien High School’s 2014 Holiday Spectrum Concert

The Music Department of the Darien Public Schools is proud to present Darien High School’s annual Holiday Spectrum Concert featuring all of the high school instrumental and choral ensembles performing a complete program of festive holiday music. This one hour concert of continuous holiday music on Wednesday, December 17 is our musical gift to the entire community of Darien. There is no admission fee, but because of the popularity of this event, we recommend that you arrive early to get the best seating. This event will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the doors will open at 7:00 p.m. Make this a new holiday tradition, bring your family, and join us for a memorable, musical holiday season celebration.

A Holiday Silent Auction sponsored by the DHS Community Council to benefit Darien Social Services will take place in the lobby of the auditorium from 6:30 – 7:15 p.m., just prior to the concert, and will features holiday gift items and services from local businesses and the school community.  Happy Holidays!

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Music Department Holiday & Winter Concert Schedule

 The Music Department would like to announce the schedule of upcoming Holiday/Winter Concert performances. There is no admission charge for any of the school concerts and your support of the musical accomplishments of our music students is appreciated. Happy Holidays!!Ox Ridge Band 2013

December 2 Middlesex Winter Choral Concert at DHS

Grade 6&7 6:30pm, Grade 8 & Camerata 8:00pm


6:30 P.M

8:00 P.M.


December 3


Middlesex Bands Winter Concert at DHS


7:30 P.M.


December 4


Middlesex Orchestras Winter Concert at DHS


7:30 P.M.


December 8


Tokeneke Holiday Concert


9:30 A.M.


December 9


Holmes Holiday Concert


9:30 A.M.


December 10


Royle Holiday Concert


9:30 A.M.


December 11


Ox Ridge Holiday Concert


9:45 A.M.


December 12


Hindley Holiday Concert


9:30 A.M.


December 17


DHS Holiday Spectrum Concert (Band, Orchestra, Jazz Ens., Pops Strings, Concert Choir, Tudor Singers) Snow Date: 12/22


7:30 P.M.


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DHS Band Sponsors Thanksgiving Turkey Drive!!

Members of the DHS Band will be collecting turkeys to benefit the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.

Members of the DHS Band will be collecting turkeys to benefit the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanksgiving Turkey Drive   Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 7:00am-7:45am

Curbside drop-off in front of Darien High School

Fresh or frozen turkeys accepted

All proceeds to benefit the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County

Sponsored by the Darien High School Band

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Melanie Turner Selected for National Honors Choir!!

DHS senior Melanie Turner recently performed in the 2014 National Honors Choir in Nashville.

DHS senior Melanie Turner recently performed in the 2014 National Honors Choir in Nashville.


Darien High School Music student, Melanie Turner was chosen through a rigorous audition and application process, to participate in the National Association for Music Education’s 2014 National Honors Choir. This prestigious event took place at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 26-29.

Melanie Turner is currently a senior at DHS and is a member of the Darien HS Tudor Singers. She has also been a regular participant in the Connecticut Western Region and All-State Choruses for several years. The National Honors Choir is made up of outstanding musicians from throughout the United Stated and was conducted by Edith Copley, Director of Choral Studies at Northern Arizona University.

The National Association for Music Education All-National Honors Ensembles, consisting of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus and jazz ensemble featured the talents of 670 of the most musically talented and skilled high school students in the United States at this outstanding lifetime experience.

Christopher Andrade, Melanie’s choral director at Darien High School states, “Melanie has been an outstanding student leader and contributor to our high school choral program since she was a freshman. Our entire community is extremely proud of her musical accomplishments.”

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DHS & MMS Choruses Present “Hollywood Harmonies” on Nov. 5!

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DHS Band Steak& Egg Breakfast Fundraiser at Chuck’s

                                                          Support the DHS Band


                                                            Steak & Egg Breakfast

                                                           Chuck’s Steakhouse!

                                                  Sunday, Nov. 2nd         9:30 am – 12:30 pm

              Adults $30, Students $15, Children under 12 are free.  Tickets available at the door.

                                                **Live music! All-you-can-eat! **


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DHS & MMS Orchestras Present “On a Dark Stormy Night”



The Darien High School Orchestras will present a program titled “On a Dark and Stormy Night” on October 23 at 7:30 p.m.  in the Darien HS auditorium.  The concert will feature the 8th grade Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Pop Strings Ensemble.  Over 120 string players will join together for the finale.  Jane Minnis is the Darien High School Orchestra Director and Malcolm Karlan is the Middlesex Middle School Orchestra Director.

The concert is free and no tickets are required.  For more information, contact the music office 203-655-3981, ext. 2250.


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Introducing the New Darien 5-6 Jazz Lab!!

 This exciting new 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 co-taught by Darien Public Schools’ Director of Music, Mr. Richard Sadlon and Darien High School Director of Bands, Mr. Jonathan Grauer and 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 Richard Sadlon, Director of Music, 80 High School Lane, Darien, CT 06820 or email to RSadlon@darienps.org by Friday, September 26 in order to assure participation. The first rehearsal is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 2. If you have any questions, please contact Director of Music, Rick Sadlon at: RSadlon@darienps.org  or 203-655-3981 ext: 2329

Name  :                                                                       Grade:

Instrument:                                                                 School:

Parent’s email:                                                            Parent’s Phone #:

Address:                                                                      Student’s Band Director:

I understand that attendance at all 5-6 Jazz Lab Band scheduled rehearsals is expected and that I will provide transportations to and from rehearsals. (more detailed information will be forthcoming)

Parent signature _____________                              Date__________________

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How playing an instrument benefits your brain – Anita Collins

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When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

There has been a great deal of research on the benefits of music performance on brain development, but this presentation (see the links below) by Anita Collins sums it up nicely in 4-5 minute video. (You may need to paste the link into your browser) Enjoy!



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