Sunday, May 5, 2013

Notes From the Common School: Late Spring 2013

Calendar of Events
May 30th  Memorial Day Ceremony - Musical offerings in the Gym @2:00

June  6th   Preschool- Middle School (Band, Chorus & Jazz Ensemble) Spring Concert @ 12:30pm in the Gym

June 7th    Burlington’s Discover Jazz Festival – Jazz on the Marketplace
Fairfield Jazz Ensemble "52 Soule Drive" from 12:00 noon to 1:00pm
on the Church Street     Champlain Chocolates Stage

The Music Department is working full blast!  The 2013 Vermont Maple Festival Youth Talent Show was awesome & Fairfield was well represented.  Faith Reed & Emma Archambault, in Division I, danced to "Illusion" & "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better"; Leah Branon, in Division II, sang "The Climb"; Tori Legrand, now a junior at B.F.A. St. Albans, sang "You & I", and Dominic Cicilio, a B.F.A. senior, played his fabulous original Piano composition, "Composed by Dominic" and won 1st place in Division IV & also won the Ducham "Best in Show" award.  You all make us proud!
The 47th Annual Vermont Maple Festival Parade was a great success and the weather was absolutely ideal!  Many, many thanks to the Candi Branon for coordinating our "Trotters" Pep Squad and to Jon & Candi Branon for providing TWO lovely red wagons, one for the Fairfield Jazz Ensemble & one for the Trotters.  The "floats" were beautifully decorated with flags, maple leaf emblems created by Desarae Branon, maple syrup bottles & hay bales & everyone wore their tie dyed tees created in their Art classes.  Our entry was a vibrant, colorful, creative addition to the event!  Thank you to Ned Branon who drove their sweet, antique John Deere tractor for the Trotters float & to Charlie Branon for smoothly towing the Jazz Band float!!  Special THANKS! to Pat Branon for providing us with his generator, for the Branons’ ingenious solutions for accommodating the equipment, soundproofing it & at the same time, providing seating!  Thank you to Kara Garceau, Desarae Branon & the many parents who helped to decorate, coordinate & manage all the details; another very special Thanks to Cliff Coy for his efforts to help us out in our distress at the very last moment!  Thank you to all the parents & students, and community members who participated with us & who came out to support us!
On Friday, May 10th, St. Albans City's Middle School Jazz Band, with their Music Director, Mr. Frank Mehaffey, came to Fairfield for a day of rehearsals with our Jazz Ensemble and presented an excellent Concert for the Fairfield school that afternoon.  Each school ensemble performed two numbers independently and the combined groups played two pieces together!  It was an invigorating, inspiring, very educational experience and the Concert was very enthusiastically received by our students & faculty!!
May 30th, the school will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony in the Gym at 2:00pm.  Our Trumpeters, Sofia Spano & Madison Wells will perform an arrangement of  "Taps", and a possible Concert Band offering may be on the program, too.
On Thursday, June 6th our Preschool through Middle School students will present their 2013 Spring Concert at 12:30 in the Gym.  Kindergarten through Fifth grade classes will perform vocal selections including such favorites as "We've Got the Whole World in our Hands", "I Love Mud", songs from "The Sound of Music", a World Drumming & Dancing creation, an adorable Mexican Folk Song, "Don Gato" and a Spoken "Insect" Chorus.  The Middle School Concert Band, Fairfield Jazz Ensemble, "52 Soule Drive", and Middle School Chorus will offer music they've been perfecting & there'll be some solo, small ensemble & chamber music showcased as well.  Please come over for the annual Barbecue and a great afternoon of music!
The Fairfield Jazz Ensemble, “52 Soule Drive” has been invited back again, for the 6th year, & will perform for an hour at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival's "Jazz on the Marketplace" concert series, Friday, June 7th beginning at noon on Church Street's Champlain Chocolates Stage.  Come hear our polished & accomplished group play and look for us on the 5:00pm & 6:00 news broadcast by WPTZ TV!  We've been featured every year!!    After our performance, our Jazz Ensemble will have the fine opportunity to watch & listen to the All-State Jazz Ensemble, featuring Fairfield Alumni, Pianist Clayton Roberts along with 18 of the finest High School Jazz musicians in Vermont.  Congratulations, Clay!  Listening forward!

Our Middle School Chorus will not be performing at this year's Eighth Grade Graduation.
The Greater Saint Albans Middle School Band is gearing up for our June 2014 Concert & Cultural adventure to Washington, D.C.  All Middle School Instrumental Music students from Fairfield, St. Albans City & Town schools will be potential candidates for this four day event.  Sign-up sheets and informational material will be distributed before the end of this school year.  Contact me if you need or want more details.  This is an absolutely fabulous opportunity for our players!  Sign up as soon as you can.
And, lastly, many, many of my present and former music students, colleagues & fellow professional musicians have nominated me for the first-ever 2014 GRAMMY Music Educator Award.  I am one of 217 quarterfinalists from across the country!  The Award was established to recognize current educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. One recipient will be selected from 10 finalists and will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards ceremony, and receive a $10,000 honorarium, plus a matching grant, all for our school's Music Department!!!.  If you wish to share your thoughts for my application, please contact me or stop by the Common School before June 3rd, or send a short video testimonial to me at   I am totally humbled by the outpouring of support already!!!  Wow!  Who knows?!
That’s it for the moment.  Always feel free to stop by the Common School, call me at (802) 827-3071 or email me at with any questions, suggestions, concerns or comments.
Musically yours,
 Miss Scott