Monday, May 19, 2014

Notes From the Common School: Spring 2014

Calendar of Events
                                June  4th   Preschool- Middle School (Band, Chorus & Jazz Ensemble) Spring Concert @ 1:00pm in the Gym
June 5th    Burlington’s Discover Jazz Festival - Fairfield Jazz Ensemble "52 Soule Drive" @ 12:30pm - 1:30pm on the Church Street City Hall Stage
June 23rd - 26th, The Greater Saint Albans Middle School Band Washington, DC Concert & Cultural Trip!!

Our Music Department is working full blast!  The Vermont Maple Festival Youth Talent Show was awesome & Fairfield was well represented.  Emma Archambault & Faith Reed, in Division II, danced with a number of students from neighboring schools & Tyler Lobdell played "Rumba", a very difficult Alto Saxophone piece, accompanied by yours truly, and won the Second place trophy in Division III!  Tori Legrand, now a Senior at B.F.A. St. Albans, sang!  Go Fairfield!  You all make us proud!
The 48th Annual Vermont Maple Festival Parade was a wash-out for us this year.  After months of rehearsing the Jazz Ensemble, and spending my Spring Break cleaning, washing, mending, & repairing our Banner and flags, we had to cancel at 10:30am Sunday.  I just could not, in good conscience, send out our students and electrical audio equipment in 45 degree, windy, misting/ lightly raining, raw weather!  Norman Menard had prepared the wagon, generator & sound proofed box to cover it, decorated with hay bales & sap buckets: Thank you, Mr. Menard!  And Thank you to Sam Dukas, who was awarded a "Random Acts of Kindness" award for the Month of April, for hanging in with us right to the end.  He had arranged to drive his Grandfather's antique tractor to tow the Jazz Band float!!  Thank you Mr. Menard & Sam for your generosity!!  Oh, well.  Next year?  Thank you to all the parents & students, and community members who support us and help us out every year!
On Thursday, May 22nd, the school will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony in the Gym at a time to be announced.  Our fine Trumpeter Madison Wells will perform an arrangement of  "Taps", and a possible Concert Band and Chorus offering may be on the program, too.
On Wednesday, June 4th our Preschool through Middle School students will present their 2014 Spring Concert at 1:00pm in the Gym.  Kindergarten through Fifth grade classes will perform vocal selections from the musicals "Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang" and "Annie", as well as a variety of other songs.  The Sixth grade Drama class is slated to perform two scenes from "Annie" & the Sixth Grade Drumming group will demonstrate their talents, too.  Our 8th grade Music Technology class is hoping to have their Music Videos ready to present, as well. The Middle School Concert Band, Fairfield Jazz Ensemble, "52 Soule Drive", and Middle School Chorus will offer some of the music they've been perfecting & there'll be a musical treat or two showcased as well.  Please come over for the annual Barbecue and a great afternoon of music!
The Fairfield Jazz Ensemble has been invited back again, for the 7th year, to perform for an hour at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival's "Jazz on the Marketplace" concert series, Thursday, June 5th at 12:30 on Church Street's City Hall 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!!
And one last short note:  Many, many of my present and former music students, colleagues & fellow professional musicians nominated me for the first-ever 2014 GRAMMY Music Educator Award.  Of the 30,000 music teachers in the running, I was 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 was selected from 10 finalists and was flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards ceremony, and received a $10,000 honorarium, plus a matching grant, all for their school's Music Department!!!.  I am totally humbled by the outpouring of support!  Maybe we can try again next year?
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,
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