Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Mohawk Music Association Meeting

The next meeting of the Mohawk Music Association will be Tuesday, January 5, at 6:00 pm in the school cafeteria.

Agenda topics include:
  • Review of the New England Brass Band Concert fundraiser: how did it go this year, what can we do different next year.
  • Discuss possible fundraisers that can be used specifically to defray the students' trip costs. Bring information on specific fundraisers so we can compare and see which would work best for us.
  • Begin discussion about musical performances in February: concessions,  raffles, etc.

Monday, December 28, 2009

West Side Story Cast List

The cast list for West Side Story, the All-School Musical, has been posted on Ms. K's message board. Show dates are scheduled for February 26-27-28, 2010 (Friday 8:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 pm, Sunday 2:30 pm).

Bubs Come in 2nd; Nearby Performances in February

The Beelzebubs finished in second place in NBC's a cappella competion, The Sing-Off. Their website has a message of praise for the winners (Nota), the other groups in the Sing-Off, and to all the supporters of the Bubs.

Fans of the Beelzebubs have two opportunities in February to see them perform in nearby venues:

Friday, December 18, 2009

Matt McCormick's Mohawk Music Career

Matt was involved in the music program even before he arrived at Mohawk.  As a 5th and 6th grader at Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School, he was in the chorus ensemble for the middle school plays.

Matt (wearing grey vest & black hat) in the chorus line in Anything Goes - 1998.

In 7th grade he played Oliver in the musical of the same name, and in 8th grade was the ugly duckling in Honk.

Matt as Oliver in Oliver.

When he entered high school he joined Select Chorus, Chorus, Jazz Band and Band. Matt was in The King and I, Les Miserables, Seussical the Musical and Oklahoma.

Les Miserables - Marius comforts the dying Eponine at the barricades.


Matt, as Horton, hears a Who in Seussical the Musical.


Oklahoma - March, 2006


Oklahoma - Matt and Tim McCormick

Trips to Broadway and performances at Disneyland were a real highlight of the Mohawk Music Program.  In addition to being involved in the music program, Matt played soccer and volleyball.  Each summer he participated in at least one Ja’Duke production at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls.

Matt benefited tremendously from all the coaching, encouragement and guidance he received from everyone in the Mohawk Music Program. The camaraderie, dedication to excellence and sense of cooperation shared by all at Mohawk helped shape who Matt is today.  He is especially grateful to Nick Waynelovich and Judy Kulp for their positive influence on his music and life lessons.

Matt performing with the Mohawk Select Chorus at the Doug Turner Walk-A-Thon in October, 2005.

Thanks to Matt's parents, Vicki and Steve McCormick, for sharing Matt's Mohawk Music biography and photos. Vicki and Steve were active members of the Mohawk Music Association during Matt's and his brother Tim's years at Mohawk.

NBC's "Sing-Off" voting continues until Sunday, December 20 at 9am EST. Please support the Beelzebubs and vote as often as you are able to. Voting information may be found at http://www.mohawkmusicassociation.org/2009/12/bubs-in-sing-off-finals-vote-early-and.html . The "Sing-Off" finale will air Monday, December 21 from 8 pm to 10 pm.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Bubs in "Sing-Off" Finals! Vote Early and Often

The Beelzebubs swept into NBC's "The Sing-Off" finals last night with a medley of Who songs and a sweet version of Sweet Caroline. Mohawk alumni Matt McCormick continues to amaze us with his performances.

The finale will air Monday, December 21 from 8 pm to 10 pm. Votes are being accepted until Sunday, December 20 at 9 am EST to determine the winner. Here’s how to vote for the Beelzebubs (you can vote up to 10 times by each method):
  • Call 877-674-6401 up to 10 times per phone number. This is a toll free phone number from a landline.
  • Text “1” to 33088 up to 10 times.
  • Vote online at http://www.nbc.com/sing-off/vote/register.shtml up to 10 times per email address. Internet voting is open to people 13 years of age or older. Registration required.
Official NBC "Sing-Off" Voting Rules

Video clips (including entire episodes) from the show can be seen at http://www.nbc.com/sing-off/video/ . Don't miss Meet the Beelzebubs.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

NBC's "The Sing-Off" Update

Mohawk alumni Matt McComick and his a cappella group The Beelzebubs have advanced through the first two rounds of NBC's "The Sing-Off" with some amazing performances! They will be in the third round tonight (8 pm - 10 pm) in an effort to make it to the finals on Monday, Dec. 21.

The winner on Monday's live show will be determined by call-in votes from the audience. Be sure to watch and cast your vote.

If you missed a show or want to see one again they can be seen on NBC's online Video Rewind.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Winter Concert

Please join us for an evening of music with performances by all Mohawk Trail Regional High School and Middle School instumental and vocal ensembles. The concert will be in Mohawk's auditorium on Tuesday, December 15, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

The Music Association will be selling beverages and cookies in the lobby before the show and during intermission. There will also be raffle tickets and forged iron Clef Hooks and Votive Holders for sale.

Music parents: if you are willing to bake, please let Ann Pacino know.

Baked goods can be dropped off in the front lobby before the concert. On behalf of the MMA and our music students, thank you for helping out.

Performers and parents should read Ms. Kastanas' Winter Concert Performance Details post on Mohawk's website.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

New England Brass Band Holiday Magic Concert

Please join us Saturday, December 5 at 2 pm at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls for a spirited holiday concert performed by the New England Brass Band, a 30 piece brass and percussion ensemble. The Mohawk Select Chorus will also perform.

The program includes many traditional favorites:
The Carollers (Holz)
Congregational Song: O Come All Ye Faithful
The Herald Angels (Leidzen)
Trumpet Call (Downie) - Kelly Watkins, soloist
I Wonder As I Wander (arr. Blyth)
Mary's Boy Child (arr. Sparke)
Mid Winter (Holst, arr. Bulla)
Yule Dance (Philip Harper)

INTERMISSION

Bells Of Christmas (Bulla)
Celestial Morn (Condon) - Robin Sisk, soloist
Christmas Tidings (Redhead) - Trombone Trio
featuring: Brandon Sciarra, Rachel Paczkowski, Allister Stickland
Silent Night (Leidzen)
Congregational Song: Hark The Herald Angels Sing
Sleigh Ride (Anderson)
Advance tickets may be purchased at Boswell's Books in Shelburne Falls, or reserve tickets by emailing mohawkmusicassociation1@gmail.com . Tickets will also be sold at the door. Cost is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 60+ and students in elementary/middle/high school.

Mohawk Grad to Perform on NBC's "The Sing-Off"

Matt McCormick (Mohawk class of 2006) is a senior at Tufts University and sings with their a cappella group, The Beelzebubs. Out of 200 groups that auditioned, 8 were chosen to be on the upcoming NBC show, "The Sing-Off", which will be broadcast December 14, 15, 16 and 21 from 8pm - 10pm.

More information is available online at http://www.nbc.com/sing-off/index.shtml, including contestent biographys (Beelzebubs: http://www.nbc.com/sing-off/contestants/beelzebubs.shtml ).

Saturday, November 28, 2009

MMA Meeting

The next meeting of the Mohawk Music Association will be Tuesday, December 1, at 6:00 pm in the school cafeteria.

We will be preparing for 2 upcoming events:
  • New England Brass Band Concert, Saturday, December 5 at 2 pm in Memorial Hall (set-up, ticket sales, food & beverage sales, clean-up)
  • Winter Concert by all MTRHS Ensembles, Tuesday, December 15 in the Mohawk auditorium (food & beverage sales, raffles, selling forged iron Treble Clef Hooks and Votive Holders)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Baked Potato Booth at Moonlight Magic

Mohawk Music Association's tasty baked potatoes with toppings (served every year at the Ashfield Fall Festival) will be sold at Moonlight Magic on Bridge Street in Shelburne Falls, Friday evening, November 27, 2009. Look for our booth near Memorial Hall. Topping choices are shredded cheddar cheese, broccoli, sour cream, bacon, butter, and chives; cost is $5.00

Be sure to see the performances by the Select Chorus:
5:30 pm at the Bank of Western Massachusets
6:15 pm at the Iron Bridge

We will also be selling forged iron Treble Clef Hooks, made for us by Country Things Forge and Folk Art in Charlemont. The hook is about 8" tall by 3" wide in the shape of a G Clef; it is a wonderful gift for any music lover. Price: $8.00


Tickets for the December 5th concert by the New England Brass Band will also be available: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 60+ and students in high school and younger. The concert will be at 2 pm in Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls.

All proceeds from the sale of the potatoes, clefs, and concert tickets will be used to benefit the musicians at Mohawk Trail Regional High School.

Music Association members: we need volunteers to help at our booth during Moonlight Magic, to bake potatoes, and at the concert December 5th. Please contact Deb Boyd or Ann Pacino for more information.

Tux Fittings - Middle School

Tuxedo fittings for all middle school band and chorus students will be held Tuesday, November 24 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm in the cafeteria. Each student will receive a white shirt, black pants, blue cummerbund, and a blue bow tie. Everyone will need tuxedos for our three performances in December.

Please bring a check for $20, payable to the Mohawk Music Association. If you can't pay in full, then a payment schedule will be arranged.

Parents: please come to the fitting with your child.  Contact Deb Boyd for more information.

Friday, November 6, 2009

New England Brass Band concert in Shelburne Falls

[12/02/09 update:  The program for the two hour concert may be viewed on NEBB's facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=314280035082&index=1 ]

Mohawk Music Association is pleased to announce that the New England Brass Band will perform their Holiday Magic Concert at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls on Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 2:00 pm.

The New England Brass Band is a 30 piece brass and percussion ensemble from the Boston area. Mohawk Music Director DoraThea Kastanas is the principal percussionist for the band (see photo on NEBB website). Mohawk's Select Chorus will also perform.

Please join us in downtown Shelburne Falls for a wonderful afternoon of holiday music presented in the traditional British Brass Band style. Ticket prices are a very affordable $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 60+ and students in elementary/middle/high school. Tickets may be purchased at Boswell's Books in Shelburne Falls, at the Mohawk Music Association booth during the Moonlight Magic celebration on Friday, November 27 in Shelburne Falls, and at Memorial Hall on the day of the performance.

New England Brass Band facebook photos:  Feb. 8th concert pictures and North American Brass Band Association XXVII Championships in Louisville 2009

All School Musical

Ms. Kastanas announced that the 2009-2010 All School Musical will be West Side Story. Auditions for students in grades 7 - 12 will be held in December and the performances are scheduled for Friday, February 26, Saturday, February 27, and Sunday, February 28, 2010. More information about the musical may be found on the website of Music Theater International: West Side Story.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Mohawk Music Association will be Tuesday, November 3, at 6:00 pm in the school cafeteria.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Wanted: Pie Bakers for Booster Day

Fundraiser
We will be selling pies (by the slice or whole) at Mohawk's Booster Day football game on Friday, October 23 starting at 5:30 pm (the game starts at 7:00). We need pies, lots of pies. If you haven't already signed up to bake and deliver two pies (or more!) please contact Ann or Deb
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Mohawk's Marching Band will give their debut performance in the Booster Day Parade and at half-time. The parade starts at 5:00 pm with the band leading the way. Parade route: Arms Academy – Maple St. – Bridge St. – North St. - Rt. 112 – End in front of MTRS Football Field. Let's show our band and football team lots of support!

Band members and parents: Ms. Kastanas has posted  Booster Week Band Schedule and Information on her message board: http://classes.mohawkschools.org/index.php?topic=849.0.

Check the weather forecast before you head out to watch the parade and game.

Tux Fittings - Middle School

Tuxedo fittings for all middle school music students will be held soon, at a date and time to be announced. Each student will receive a white shirt, black pants, blue cummerbund, and a blue bow tie.

Please bring a check for $20, payable to the Mohawk Music Association. If you can't pay in full, then a payment schedule will be arranged.

Parents: please come to the fitting with your child.  Please contact Deb Boyd for more information.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Tux Fittings - High School

10/19/09 Update:  Second chance for students that missed last week's fitting or need to pass in the rental fee. Tuesday, October 20: Band members from 5:30 - 6:60 pm; chorus members from 6:30 - 7:00 pm.

Tuxedo fittings for all high school music students will be held Tuesday, October 13 starting at 5:30 pm in the cafeteria. Each student will receive a black jacket, white shirt, black pants, red cummerbund, red bow tie, and optional red hair scrunchy.
Band  - please come while chorus is rehearsing (5:30-6:30 pm)
Chorus - please come while band is rehearsing (6:30-7:30 pm)

Please bring a check for $40, payable to the Mohawk Music Association. If you can't pay in full, then a payment schedule will be arranged.

Parents: can you help at the fitting? Please contact Deb Boyd for more information.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Mohawk Music Association will be Tuesday, October 6, at 6:00 pm in the school cafeteria.
  • May 4, 2010
  • June 1, 2010

Baked Potato Booth at the Ashfield Fall Festival

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year - please help!
Help Wanted Flyer: bakedpotatoflyer.pdf
What: Baked Potato Booth at the Ashfield Fall Festival
Where: Main St., Ashfield
When: Saturday, October 10, 2009 and Sunday, October 11, 2009, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm both days
Events to Help With: All things potato: washing, baking, topping and serving
Contact:
Deb Boyd
Ann Pacino
Please let them know when you can help.

Meeting Schedule and Meeting Minutes

The Mohawk Music Association meets on the first Tuesday of every month of the school year at 6:00 pm in the school cafeteria. Additional meetings may be scheduled as needed.

Mohawk Music Association Officers

MMA Officers (elected June 2, 2009):
  • Co-Presidents: Deb Boyd & Ann Pacino
  • Corresponding Secretary: Carolyn Halloran
  • Recording Secretary: Suzanne Tromara (appointed September, 2009)
  • Treasurer: Emily Robertson

About Us / Contact

The Mohawk Music Association (MMA) is a volunteer service organization made up of parents and community members who work to raise funds to supplement the music program at Mohawk Trail Regional High School.

We assist the Music Department in its activities and encourage youth and adult interest in music. Membership is free.

The MMA began in 1981. The Association is overseen by an executive committee consisting of President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary, elected annually in June. The Association meets monthly on the 1st Tuesday at 6:00 pm in the school cafeteria. Anyone interested in the Mohawk Music Department is invited to participate.

Contact Information
  • Deb Boyd (Co-President) : 
  • Ann Pacino (Co-President) :
  • Don Purington (Website Coordinator) :