Darien Jazz Ensembles Present An Evening of Sweet Jazz!!

The Darien High School and Middlesex Middle School Jazz Ensembles will be presenting their annual “Sweet Night of Jazz” fundraising performance event at St. John’s Blanchard Hall located at 1986  Post Road, on Thursday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m.  Also featured on this program and starting out the evening will be our new grade 5-6 Jazz Lab.  All proceeds will go toward funding band and jazz ensemble student activities.  Come out and enjoy an assortment of delicious desserts, coffee, beverages, and some exciting jazz performances.

Admission for adults is $15 and $10 for students and seniors. Reservations are due by Friday, January 23rd. Please make checks out to DHS Band and return to Ginny Losito (61 Hollow Tree Ridge Rd). You will receive confirmation by email. No tickets will be issued, but a reservation list will be maintained at the door.

Thank you for your support of our Jazz students!!

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

Thirty-seven Darien High School students have been accepted to perform in the 2015 CT Western Region Music Festival

Thirty-seven Darien High School students have been accepted to perform in the 2015 CT Western Region Music Festival

 The Darien Public Schools Music Department is proud to announce that 37 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 Trumbull High School on January 16-17 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, “These students have consistently worked and studied over several years to been chosen as among the finest high school musicians in Western Connecticut. This is the largest number of students that we have ever sent to this honors festival in the entire history of Darien High School and we are all extremely proud of their musical accomplishments and involvement in this festival. Darien will be represented quite well.”

The students representing Darien High at the 2015 Connecticut Western Region Honors Music Festival are: From Band:  Eve Phelps, Theresa Du, Lane Blummer, Clare Phelps, Rebecca DeMaio, Zac Pear, Anna Moorhead, Drake Corrigan, Ben Hayes and Sonia Gandhi.  From the Orchestra: Alison Lui, Monet Takeda, Wen Yan Toh, Taylor Lindsey, Amanda Lee, Sara Baldwin.  From the Chorus: Avery Brook, Cristina Noujaim, Daniel Traver, Melanie Turner, Carson Stewart, Sofie Sheldon, Caroline Lui, Caroline Lacy, Sofia Imbimbo, Matthew Hayes, Florian Eenkeme van Dijk, and Elizabeth Domittner. Jazz Ensemble: Julia Evans, Mitch Losito, Amanda Sload, Dominick Wood, Drake Corrigan, Andrew Trautmann and Grant Morro.

All of the students who participated in the Connecticut Western Region Festival will 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 Trumbull High School auditorium on Saturday, January 17 and are scheduled as follows: Jazz Ensemble and Chorus will be at 3:30 p.m. and the Band and Orchestra concerts will be presented at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10.00 in advance from students and are $15.00 at the door. (The snow date for the festival is January 23-24.)

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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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