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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Darien High School Musicians Chosen to Perform in Western Region Honors Ensembles

Darien High School's 2017 CT Western region participants.

Darien High School’s 2017 CT Western Region participants.

 

The Darien Public Schools Music Department is proud to announce that 26 outstanding musicians from Darien High School have been chosen through a highly competitive audition process to perform at the Connecticut Music Educators Association Western Region Music Festival. The honors music festival will take place at Staples High School in Westport on January 13-14 where the students will have the privilege of working in Band, Orchestra, Chorus, and Jazz ensembles with some of Connecticut’s most accomplished high school musicians conducted by nationally renowned conductors and educators. Richard Sadlon, the Director of Music in Darien states that, “The students chosen for participation in the CT Western Region Music Festival have consistently worked and studied over several years to develop their musical skills and have been selected as among the finest high school musicians in Western Connecticut. We are all extremely proud of their musical accomplishments.”

The students representing Darien High at the 2017 Connecticut Western Region Honors Music Festival are:  Band:  Jack Armstrong, Tianhia Du, Julia Ford, Audrey Hagan, Katie Huffert, Valerie Le, Cheyenne Li, Celia Mundt, Clare Phelps, Andrew Stueber, Evan Tong, Alex Wang and Jacob Won.  Orchestra:  Sara Baldwin, Elizabeth Garijo-Garde, Emily Grandon, Caroline Lacy, Catherine O’Connor, and Wen Yan Toh.  Chorus: Avery Brook, Henry Domenici, Isabelle Hole, Juliette Kiernan, Isabel Larino, Caroline Lui and Evelyn Sload.

All of the students who participated in the Connecticut Western Region Festival will be eligible to audition for the Connecticut All-State Festival.  Congratulations to all of the students and their teachers, Mr. Christopher Andrade, Chorus, Mr. Jonathan Grauer, Band and Ms. Jane Minnis, Orchestra. The regional honors ensemble concerts will take place at the Staples High School auditorium on Saturday, January 14. Tickets are $10.00 in advance from students and are $15.00 at the door.

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5-6 Jazz Lab Presents Showcase for Parents

Jazz Lab students demonstrate their improvisational skills on Dec. 15.

Jazz Lab students demonstrate their improvisational skills on Dec. 15.

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The jazz lab rhythm section.

The jazz lab rhythm section.

The members of our Grade 5-6 Jazz Lab, presented a showcase in-formance on December 15 to their parents about what they had been learning about jazz and improvisation up to this point in the school year. The students performed selections based on the blues, and all students improvised in jazz swing and rock styles. In addition to working with Jazz Lab director, Mr. Colin Walters, the Jazz Lab students are also coached by Darien High School Band and Jazz Ensemble students.

 

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Holiday Musical Moments from Throughout the District

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DHS Music Department Presents Holiday Spectrum Concert

The DHS Music Department presented their Holiday Spectrum Concert on December 14.

The DHS Music Department performing the finale of their Holiday Spectrum Concert on December 14

The Darien High School Music Department presented their annual Holiday Spectrum Concert, Darien High School’s musical gift to the community, on Wednesday, December 14. The Concert featured nearly 300 students participating in all of the high school’s large musical ensembles and included the Tudor Singers, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Concert Band and Pops Strings.

The program ended with the combined ensembles performing Leroy Anderson’s classic holiday selection “A Christmas Festival.”

A silent auction sponsored by the DHS Community Council to benefit Darien’s Social Services programs preceded the concert.

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Darien Music Department Announces Winter Holiday Concert Schedule

 

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The Music Department of the Darien Public Schools would like to announce their line-up of school Holiday Winter Concerts. For additional information contact the Darien Music Department at: 203-655-3981 ext: 2250 or visit the Music Department website at: http://blogs.darienps.org/music/

December 5               Middlesex Winter Choral Concert at DHS Grade 6, 7 &  Viva Voce: 6:30 P.M., Grade 8, Camerata: 8:00 P.M.

December 6                Royle Holiday Concert                                                10:00 A.M.

December 7                 Middlesex Bands Winter Concert at DHS            7:00 P.M.

December 8                Middlesex Orchestras Winter Concert at DHS   7:00 P.M.

December 9                Hindley Holiday Concert                                             9:30 A.M.

December 12               Tokeneke Holiday Concert                                        9:30 A.M.

December 13               Holmes Holiday Concert                                            9:30 A.M.

December 14              DHS Holiday Spectrum Concert (Band, Orchestra, Jazz Ens., Pops Strings, Concert Choir, Tudor Singers) Snow Date: 12/15  7:00 P.M.

December 15               Ox Ridge Holiday Concert                                         9:45  A.M.

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Students Performing In ‘Will & Anthony: A Broadway Holiday’ In Stamford

The Darien High School Tudor Singers will be performing at the Palace Theater in Stanford on Dec. 3.

The Darien High School Tudor Singers will be performing at the Palace Theater in Stanford on Dec. 3.

 

This Saturday, December 3, the Darien HS Tudor Singers and the Greenwich Public School Honor Choir will be featured in “A Broadway Holiday” with Will & Anthony Nunziata at the Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street in Stamford.  A block of discounted tickets for the 8:00 PM show has been reserved for friends and family – to reserve your tickets, call the box office at (203) 325-4466 and use the promo code “CHORAL.”  (You may also use the promo code to order discounted tickets online, but your seats will not be as close in as those in the reserved block available by phone.)  Kick off your holiday season with a great show, and support your school music program at the same time.

http://stamford.dailyvoice.com/events/students-performing-in-will-anthony-a-broadway-holiday-in-stamford/690976/  (Article about the concert)

 

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Darien HS Band Annual Turkey Drive!!

The Daien HS Band Annual Turkey Drive will take place on Tuesday from 7:00 - 8:00 in the DHS Bus loop.

The Darien HS Band Annual Turkey Drive will take place on Tuesday from 7:00 – 8:00 in the DHS Bus loop.

The Darien HS Band will be holding their annual “Turkey Drive” to collect fresh and frozen turkeys to donate to the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. Last year the Band donated 107 turkeys to local families in need! The Band will also be collecting sides such as stuffing, corn and mashed potatoes. Your support would be appreciated for this worthy cause. The date and times for this year’s collection will be:

Darien High School Bus Loop

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

7:00-8:00 am 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Darien Band Students Perform at 23rd Annual ASBDA Honors Band Festival

Pictured fro L-R: Teresa Du, Austin Won, James Conroy and Christina Mokenthin

Pictured from L-R: Teresa Du, Austin Won, James Conroy and Christina Mokenthin

 

Pictured L-R: Julia Ford, Jacob Won, Caroline Lacy, Celia Mundt, Katie Huffert, Valerie Le, and JP Barce.

Pictured L-R: Julia Ford, Evan Tong,  Caroline Lacy, Celia Mundt, Katie Huffert, Valerie Le, JP Barce and Jacob Won.

 

On Tuesday, November 15, twelve of our Darien High School Band students performed at the 23rd Annual ASBDA (American School band Directors Association) Connecticut High School Honors Band Festival held at Guilford High School in Guilford, CT. The festival featured students from 15 high schools from throughout the state in both a Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble conducted by guest conductors Mr. Kyle Glaser from the Texas State University-San Marcos and Dr. Matthew Westgate, the Director of Wind Studies at UMASS-Amherst.  Students performing in the Wind Ensemble were: Christina Molkenthin, Teresa Du, Austin Won and Jimmy Conroy. Students performing in the Symphonic Band were: Katie Huffert, Valerie Le, Jacob Won, Evan Tong, Julia Ford, Celia Mundt, Caroline Lacy and J.P Barce. DHS Band Director and ASBDA member is Jonathan Grauer.

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