Friday, March 29, 2013

Sight Reading

Today we are going to try out a piece written by Marissa B. This is an original composition. We will give her a chance to hear some of her compositional choices with live musicians.

Always Three

Sunday, March 17, 2013

New Blog! GHS Music Technology

I have begun work on a new blog for GHS Music. The GHS Music Technology blog will focus on the advances we continue to make in music technology at GHS. I hope to highlight student achievement in music technology, advance new ideas, and collaborate with the music community on continuing to push the tech envelope. You can reach the tech blog by links on our GHS Music blog or by visiting

Current topics include:

  • Creating a YouTube channel using your google account
  • Introducing Sibelius 7, the powerful music notation software at GHS

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Mambo Feel on Drum Set (Nica's Dream)

This post is a tutorial/demo on creating the Mambo feel on the drum set. My good friend and Hot Cat Jazz Band drummer Tommy Palinko breaks down the components of the mambo feel.
The jazz workshop is working on a piece (Nica's Dream) in which the feel is ideal for creating the correct accompaniment for the latin sections.

Thanks Tommy!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Upcoming Dates for Band Performances

These are dates that are part of the student music calendar.

  • Thursday May 16th Spring Concert/ Arts Night  7pm*
  • Friday May 17th Great East Festival/ Six Flags  (All Day)
  • Monday May 27th Memorial Day Parade  8am-12noon*
  • Friday May 31st Graduation Hanover Theatre 6pm*

*Required Performances

Monday, March 4, 2013

Claflin Hill Orchestra performance

from Paul Surapine, director of the Claflin Hill Orchestra,

"Attached is a flyer promoting our CHSO Student Rush Ticket offer for this coming concert, "A Night at the Opera" on Saturday evening, March 9, 2013 at 7:30 PM in the Milford Town Hall.
the program includes highlights from Mozart Operas, including Marriage of Figaro, Cosi fan Tutte and Magic Flute, Rossini's Barber of Seville and Verdi's Traviatta.
We've got some phenomenal opera voices guest performing with us, and it's a great program for your students in both band/orchestra and choral departments! 
All tickets $15 at the door, opens at 6:45 and this offer is good for both your students AND their entire families.

Please encourage them to experience this great orchestra in concert right in their own backyard!!"

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Jazz Night Concert tomorrow night 7pm

The annual Jazz Night Concert is tomorrow (Monday) at 7pm. We are pleased to welcome back The Hot Cat Jazz Band. In addition to the Hot Cats, performers will include: The Jazz Workshop, The Chamber Choir, and a combined finale with the Hot Cats and the Concert Band. Members of the Concert Band are reminded to be on time for our 6pm rehearsal with our guest artists. Concert attire is black and white.
Tickets will be sold at the door $5 per person with a $15 cap per family.