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 . 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 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 . 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)


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 . 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, including contestent biographys (Beelzebubs: ).