Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Graduation Information for Band

Graduation will be held at the Hanover Theater on Friday June 5th. The Hanover Theater is an absolutely beautiful venue and we are honored to have the opportunity to play there again this year. Unfortunately, space constraints in the pit at the theater will limit participation for band members this year. We are planning to go with a band consisting of current juniors and sophomores. This will give us a relatively balanced instrumentation and numbers that should allow us to fit in the pit.

The schedule for the upcoming graduation rehearsals and ceremony:

Thursday June 4th
 9am Graduation rehearsal in the GHS Auditorium
Band members performing at graduation will be part of this rehearsal

Friday June 5th
8am Band students will load bus to go to the Hanover Theater for morning rehearsal
Students will return to the school by 11am

4:30pm Band students will load the bus to bring us to the Hanover Theater for the graduation ceremony
At the conclusion of the ceremony, a bus will return us to GHS (approx. 7:45-8PM)

Concert attire is BLACK AND WHITE!

Memorial Day Parade

Memorial Day Parade

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Memorial Day Parade Changes and Update

The times and route of the Memorial Day Parade have changed this year. For band students, this means you will have a later start time though the end time remains the same.
Band students should arrive at GHS at 10am. We will load buses to take us to Norcross Park. From there we will march to the town center for a ceremony. From the center, we will march down 140/Worcester St (new this year) and take a left onto Providence Rd. to GMS for the flag ceremony and National Anthem.
We expect to finish up at noon.

Thank You!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Great East Festival

We had a wonderful day at the Great East Festival on Friday May 15th. It was a long day that started early as we started loading the buses at 6:30am. The groups performed for adjudicators at Minnechaug High School. The Chamber Choir and Chorus performed first and were fantastic. The Chamber Choir received a platinum rating for their performance and the Chorus received a gold rating. The jazz ensemble was up next and received a gold medal rating. I was happy for these students as this was the first year this group has been in existence and the first festival performance for them. The Concert band was the final group to perform. They received a silver rating for their performance. The adjudicators spent time with each group in short clinics. The feedback is invaluable as we continue to grow the groups in terms of both membership and musicianship. Each group also received recordings of their performances with detailed judges comments.
The remainder of the day was spent at Six Flags and the weather was wonderful. By all accounts the students had a great time and hopefully added some special memories to their high school and music making experiences.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Arts Night and Spring Concert

The annual Arts Night/ Spring Concert will be held on Thursday May 15th in the GHS Auditorium. The doors open at 6pm and patrons can view student work on display throughout the school. Projects from a variety of disicplines will presented with artisits and craftsmen on hand to discuss their work. The Music Department will present the Spring Concert beginning at 7pm. The Chorus, Chamber Choir, Jazz Workshop, Jazz Ensemble and Concert Band will be featured performers. The Grafton Music Boosters will be hosting a bake sale during the event. If you are able to donate a baked good for the evening, please sign-up at this link. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A044AAEA922A13-spring/9381004

Sunday, May 3, 2015

End of Year Band Performance Schedule

Upcoming Band Schedule:

May 14th Spring Concert/ Arts Night
This evening starts at 6pm with doors opening for art displays. The concert begins at 7pm.
The concert will feature the band, chorus, chamber choir, jazz workshop and jazz ensemble. Concert attire is black and white.

May 15th Great East Festival
The schedule for the day is posted in the links section of our blog.

May 25th Memorial Day Parade 8:30am-noon
Students will meet at the school at 8:30am. Attire is green and khaki. The parade will conclude in front of GMS.

June 5th Graduation
Members of the band will be performing at the Hanover Theater. A separate schedule which includes rehearsal times will be posted. Not all students will participate due to space constraints at the theater. Students scheduled to perform will be notified this week.