Middlesex Musicians Perform at Western Region Honors Festival

Shea Ehrhard, Caroline Zerbe, Myron Czebiniak, Grant McIntyre, Frank Drugge and Jack Towers represented Middlesex Middle School at the CT Western Region Music Festival on March 17-18.

The Music Department of the Darien Public Schools is proud to announce that Band and Jazz Ensemble students from Middlesex Middle School were chosen to participate in the 2017 Connecticut Western Region Middle School Music Festival. The students were chosen to perform in the festival based on their competitive audition scores and earned the privilege of performing in honors ensembles with some of the best middle school musicians in Western Connecticut. The students joined with other students from throughout Western Connecticut at Wilton High School on March 17-18 and were conducted by renowned conductors and educators. The festival is an annual event sponsored by the Connecticut Music Educators Association. Congratulations to our fine musicians and their teachers!

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Row 1 (Left to right) Shea Ehrhard (trumpet, Concert Band), Caroline Zerbe (baritone, Concert Band)

Row 2 (left to right) Myron Czebiniak (trombone, Jazz Ensemble), Grant McIntyre (tenor saxophone, Jazz Ensemble), Frank Drugge (French Horn, Concert Band), Jack Towers (trumpet, Concert Band)

 

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Darien HS Jazz Jamboree 2017 Features 11 High School Jazz Ensembles

DHS Jazz Ensemble performs at 2017 Jazz Jamboree.

The Darien HS Jazz Trombone section, Scott Jonker, James Armstrong, Madison Pomeroy and Derek Chiapetta, were featured at the Jazz Jamboree.

On March 3, Darien High School was the scene of the 4th Annual Darien High School Jazz Jamboree competitive Jazz Festival. Bands from Greenwich, Danbury, Port Chester, Weston, Westport, Joel Barlow (Redding), Wilton, Brien McMahon (Norwalk), Staples (Westport), and Fairfield Warde all performed for judges as well as for the other students musicians and their directors. Judges for the event were jazz bassist Brian Torff from Fairfield University and highly regarded jazz pianist Chris Coogan. Each band was given an outstanding soloist award from their group and then one overall soloist was chosen for the entire festival. The most outstanding ensemble for the evening was awarded to Brien McMahon High School under the direction of Ronald Secchi. The Darien Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Jonathan Grauer, performed in a host school, exhibition capacity for judges comments only, to a receptive audience.

 

 

 

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2017 Darien Choral Festival Performances Receive Two Standing Ovations!

Nearly 600 students joined in the finale performance of “My Shot” from the hit musical Hamilton.

Our MMS 6th grade Vivia Voce performed “For Good” from the musical “Wicked.”

The MMS Camerata Singers perform their selection at the 2017 Darien Choral Festival.

 

On Wednesday, March 1 nearly 600 students in grades 6-12 participated in the Darien Choral Festival. The event took place in the DHS Main Gym as students performed two shows for audiences of over 800 at each performance. The programs started with a mass choir performing the National Anthem and then featured each middle school grade level chorus, Viva Voce, Camerata Singers and the Darien High School Tudor Singers and Concert Choir performing their featured selections. The evening concluded with nearly 600 choral students singing a version of “My Shot” from the hit Broadway musical Hamilton.

 

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Darien High School Chorus Performs in Orlando, Florida

The Darien High School Chorus performed in Orlando on February 17-20.

 

 

The DHS Chorus participating in a workshop at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

 

 

The Darien High School Chorus, under the direction of Christopher Andrade, traveled to Orlando, FL for performances, workshops and also some fun on Feb. 17-20. The students participated in a “Disney Sings” workshop with professional vocalist clinicians at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and then performed at Disney Springs the following day. The students also visited Universal Studios, performed at the Universal CityWalk Lagoon Stage and spent the remainder of the day at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

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US Coast Guard Band Performs Concert for Darien Community

The US Coast Guard Band performing at Darien HS on February 13th.

Student percussionists participate in US Coast Guard Band workshop.

US Coast Guard Band Director, Lieutenant Commander Adam Williamson with Darien HS Band Director Jonathan Grauer.

The United States Coast Guard Band performed a free public concert for the students, staff members and residents of Darien on Monday, February 13. Members of the Coast Guard Band also coached students in pre-concert workshops.  The highly acclaimed Band, under the direction of Lieutenant Commander Adam Williamson performed a wide variety of music selections ranging from challenging wind band literature such as Hammersmith by Gustav Holst to classic Sousa marches. French Hornist Brian Nichols did an exceptional performance of the Saint-Saens Horn concerto and DHS Band Director was asked to guest conducted the Coast Guard Band in the classic Washington Post March.  The evening ended with a memorable performance of John Philip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever to a standing ovation.

Special thanks to the Darien Music for Youth organization for sponsoring the Coast Guard band program for the schools and entire Darien community.

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Beginning Instrumentalists Showcase Their Progress!

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  All of the third grade beginning string and fourth grade beginning band students shared their progress with their parents in a series of “Showcase” performance throughout the district in January and early February. In the Showcase performances, the teachers … Continue reading

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Music for Youth Mozart Birthday Contest Awards Announced

The MMS Mozart Birthday Woodwind Ensemble lead by Mrs. Gretchen Perrett and Mr. Jason Polise.

Ox Ridge School Mozart Poster winners Ilse Feroronko and Grace Sandoval with Principal Dr. Luke Forshaw.

A DHS String Ensemble lead by Ms. Jane “Mozart” Minnis.

Mozart Contest Winners at Hindley School, Olivia Dedon and Lauren Zhang.

MMS Contest winners Anna Burgess, Norah Ashrifeh, Sofia Bender  and Andrew Ruiz Marcula

The Music Department and the Darien Music for Youth organization are pleased to announce the award winners of the Mozart’s Birthday poster, writing and music composition (DHS only) contests. There were hundreds of submissions of outstanding student work and creativity celebrating Mozart’s Birthday on January 27. The winners received a cash prize, award certificate and a Mozart bobble head. Musical performances from the MMS woodwind ensemble and various string ensembles at Darien HS greeted students and teachers as they entered their buildings and our food service department even served a special menu in honor of Mozart’s Birthday. Congratulations to all of the students who participated!

Ox Ridge

K-2         Ilse Feroronko                   Grade 3-5            Grace Sandoval

Tokeneke

K-2         Michael Garden                                Grade 3-5            Rithwika Veeturi

Hindley

K-2         Olivia Dedon                      Grade 3-5            Lauren Zhang

Royle

K-2         Hannah Huang                  Grade 3-5            Joyce Huang

Holmes

K-2         William Roland                  Grade 3-5            Taelyn Richards

MMS Writing                                                                                                                                              1st Place: Anna Burgess

2nd Place: Andrew Ruiz Marcula

MMS Art

1st Place: Sofia Bender

2nd Place:  Nora Ashrifeh

DHS Composition

1st Place: Evelyn Sload

2nd Place: John Phipps

DHS Art

1st Place: Rowan Kennedy

2nd Place: Isabelle Seeman

DHS Writing

1st Place:  Julia Tong

2nd Place:  Elizabeth Borecki

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US Coast Guard Band in Free Concert at Darien High School

The United States Coast Guard Band will be in concert at Darien HS on February 13.

 

The Darien Music for Youth Organization and the Darien Public School Music Department are sponsoring the nationally acclaimed United States Coast Guard Band in concert in the Darien High School auditorium on Monday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m.  This free concert opportunity promises to be a memorable experience for our entire Darien community.

The United States Coast Guard Band, under the direction of Lieutenant Commander Adam Williamson, is the premier band representing the United States Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security. The 55-member ensemble has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the nation, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. The Band also has a rich history of performing internationally: it is especially honored to have been the first American military band to perform in the former Soviet Union, with concerts in Leningrad and the surrounding area in 1989. In 2008, the Coast Guard Band became the first premier American military band to perform a concert tour of Japan. In addition, the US Coast Guard Brass Quintet and Saxophone Quartet performed throughout Taiwan to great acclaim in 2010, and the full band completed a tour in Taiwan in July of 2011.

There is no charge for admission, but tickets are required. Free Concert Tickets are available at Barrett Book Store, Crescendo Music Store or by contacting the Darien Music Office at 203-655-3981 ext: 2250 or sklein@darienps.org  Doors Open at 6:30 p.m. Ticket holder should be seated by 6:45 p.m. and then non-ticket holder tickets will be seated.

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Darien Jazz Bands present an Evening of “Sweet” Jazz

The Jazz Bands of the Darien Public Schools will present an evening of “Sweet Jazz” on February 9th in the MMS cafeteria at 7:00 p.m.

The Jazz Bands of Darien High School, Middlesex Middle School and 5-6 Jazz Lab are pleased to present:

An Evening of Sweet Jazz

Enjoy dessert, coffee and great jazz!

Thursday, February 9th at 7:00pm

Middlesex Middle School Cafeteria

Students & Seniors $10         Adults $15

Reservation form & check  – due to the band directors by Wednesday, February 1st. Please make checks out to DHS Band and return to Mr. Carter (all MMS students) or Mr. Grauer (all DHS students) or Mr. Walters (all 5-6 Jazz Lab students). No tickets will be issued; a list will be maintained at the door. (Tickets will be $20 at the door.) All proceed go toward supporting extra musical activities and opportunities for the students.

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Announcing Mozart’s Birthday Contests Open to All Students!!

 

Opportunity for students to win prizes and celebrate Mozart's Birthday!!

Opportunities for students to win prizes and celebrate Mozart’s 261st Birthday!!

 

Music for Youth Mozart’s Birthday Contests

Got your Mozart on? Make a poster or write or compose something which is inspired by Mozart’s music or his life or his words!   $ Prizes at all the schools and certificates as the winners of the 2017 Music for Youth Mozart Creativity Award.

This is a Poster contest for Elementary, Poster and Written word for MMS, and Poster, Written word and Music composition at DHS.

  1. Poster/Written submissions are due no later than Friday, January 13th at DHS and no later than Wednesday January 18th at other schools.
  2. For the art, one sheet of paper no larger than 12 x 18 inches.  Smaller is fine. The type of art and materials are up to you.
  3. For the writing, your entry may be in prose, poetry or rap/song lyrics and must be 300 words or less for MMS and 500 for DHS.  Details on the entry form!
  4. For the music composition, you may compose for any instrument in any genre… submissions less than 4 minutes in length.
  5. Submissions must have your name and grade on the back and include an entry form with contact information. One Entry per student per category.  Good luck!

Winners will be announced at all schools on Mozart’s birthday (January 27th… he would be 261 years old).  The curricular theme in the Darien Music Department this year is Mozart and Friends, and the purpose of the contest is to celebrate Mozart and to perform and listen to his music!  Winners will be chosen based on quality of the art/writing/composition as well as pertinence to Mozart and response to the prompt if applicable.  For more information find the grade level entry forms here on the blog!

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