Thursday, December 29, 2011

Meeting

The next meeting of the Mohawk Music Association will be Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 6:00 pm in the Mohawk school cafeteria.

The meeting dates have changed from the first Tuesday of the month to the second Tuesday of the month to avoid a scheduling conflict with school committee meetings. Our meeting location may change to a different room in Mohawk if the jazzercise class is still using the cafeteria.

Agenda: to be announced (please submit agenda items to Eric Grant by Friday, January 6, 2012).

Monday, December 19, 2011

Mohawk's Alumni Concert - Mark Your Calendar

Mark your calendars for a spectacular night of music featuring Mohawk Trail Regional School Music Department Alumni.

Including:
  • Trailer Park
  • Tory Hanna
  • Agona Hardison's band
  • Small Change
  • An Alumni Select Chorus
  • Current Mohawk High School and Middle School Bands and Choruses
  • And More!
When: Saturday, March 24, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

Where: Mohawk Trail Regional High School

This event is being organized by the Mohawk Music Association.

Select Chorus Performance

The Mohawk Select Chorus will perform on Wednesday, December 21 at noon at the All Souls Church, 399 Main Street (at the intersection with Hope Street), Greenfield.

All School Musical: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Mohawk's Music Department will present Seven Brides for Seven Brothers on March 16, 17, and 18, 2012. Cast auditions are December 20, 21, and 22 from 2:30 -4:00 pm.

There will be a meeting of all cast members and parents on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 from 6:30-7-30 pm.

Read more about Seven Brides for Seven Brothers on the Music Theatre International website.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Winter Concert - Help Needed

The Mohawk Music Department's Winter Concert is next Thursday, December 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Mohawk auditorium.

CONCERT BAKE SALE
The Mohawk Music Association will be fund-raising by selling refreshments in the lobby during intermission. We're seeking donations of baked goods to sell. Can you bake (or buy)? Items need to be individually wrapped and of a size appropriate to sell for $1.00. We also need a few helpers to sell and/or clean up after the concert. If you can help out with baking or working, please let me know.

HALL MONITORS DURING CONCERT
The music teachers are seeking a few parents to help with monitoring students in the back hallway and music room during the concert. They'd like to set up a few shifts of a few parents each. If you can help, please contact Ms. Kastanas or Ms. Glover.

Thanks for any help you can offer. Enjoy the concert!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Meeting

The next meeting of the Mohawk Music Association will be Tuesday, December 1, 2011 at 6:00 pm in the Mohawk school cafeteria.

Agenda:
- Secretary, Music Director reports (Treasurer will not be able to attend and reported via email there has been no financial activity since the November meeting)
- Old business: Cultural Council updates, Alumni Concert update (including clinics)
- New business:  Holiday Concert scheduled for Thursday, December 15 in the auditorium at 6:30 pm.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Bubs are coming back to NBC


Vicki and Steve McCormick shared this news about an upcoming live performance on NBC by the Beelzebubs, including their son, Matt McCormick. The Beelzebubs were the first runner-up in the 2009 debut season of The Sing-Off on NBC. Matt graduated from Mohawk in 2006 and was very involved in the Mohawk Music Department.
The NBC website doesn't say anything about this "reunion" concert yet, because they are still finishing up this season, but Matt McCormick and the Bubs (from 2 years ago) are all flying out Nov. 28- Dec 6th and they know it will be a live performance - so it will have to be on Monday Dec.5th (on NBC).

The top groups from the first 2 seasons were all invited back out to LA for that week of practice before the live show on the 5th. It’ll be a fun reunion for them and Matt is psyched!

1iota.com is offering access to tickets for The Sing-Off Live Reunion Show on December 4th and 5th. From their website:
BE PART OF NBC'S "THE SING-OFF" LIVE REUNION SHOW!

Come and be a part of the very special holiday reunion edition of NBC's critically acclaimed acapella singing show, 'The Sing-Off'.

Groups from all three seasons will be performing your favorite Holiday songs as well as some of the most lifting, inspirational songs of all-time.  And, as a bonus treat, our judges Ben Folds, Sara Bareilles and Shawn Stockman all plan to join in the festivities.

The show will tape in two parts, each 2 hours in length, at Sony Studios in Culver City.  Part I tapes on December 4th from 7-9pm and Part II is LIVE from 5-7pm on December 5th.

Performances By

Afro-Blue
Backbeats
Beezlebubs
Collective
Committed (Season 2 Champions)
Dartmouth Aires
Delilah
North Shore
Nota (Season 1 Champions)
On the Rocks
Pentatonix
Street Corner Symphony w/Special Guest
Urban Method
Vocalpoint

Host

Nick Lachey

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

You Belong To Me

You Belong To Me
WWII Veterans' Stories & Music of the Era

Thursday, November 10, 2011
12:45 pm at the Mohawk High School Auditorium
6:30 pm at the Shelburne Falls Senior Center
Free Admission



On Thursday, November 10 there will be two performances of “You Belong to Me: World War II Veterans’ Stories and Music of the Era”, featuring Mohawk students as performers and stage technicians. The first performance will be at school and the second, in the evening, will be at the Shelburne Senior Center in Shelburne Falls. 

The project was developed by local artist Jackie Cooper and evolved from the interviews she conducted with local veterans, some of whom are the relatives of the students in the production. Kim Mancuso, a local director with international experience, is directing the performance. 

The public is welcome to attend the performance in the Mohawk auditorium at 12:45 pm or the evening performance in the Shelburne Senior Center at 6:30 pm. Admission is free.

More information about the World War II Project:
http://classes.mohawkschools.org/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=7020.0;attach=4544

You Belong To Me cast list:
http://classes.mohawkschools.org/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=7922.0;attach=5047

Monday, October 31, 2011

Meeting

The next meeting of the Mohawk Music Association will be Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 6:00 pm in the Mohawk school cafeteria.

Agenda:
- Secretary, Treasurer and Music Director reports
- Old business:  review Ashfield Fall Festival Baked Potato Booth and Booster Day pie sale (what can we do to improve?); alumni concert update
- New business:  allocating funds towards trips and/or other opportunities we may have; Winter Concert

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Pie Sale at Booster Day Football Game

The Mohawk Music Association's annual Booster Day pie sale will be happening at the evening football game at Mohawk on Friday, 10/28/11. We need people to bake pies -- any kind you'd like to make. And people to help sell them from our booth or by walking through the stands.

As usual, we'll be set up in a tent just inside the entrance to the football field, selling whole pies and slices of pie. Please let us know if you can bake and/or help out with selling at the tent or in the bleachers. More helpers means shorter work shifts and that can make all the difference on a chilly evening.

Pies can be delivered to the tent at the football game -- either right before the game (7pm) or an hour or so earlier. Since there's no school that day, bringing or sending them into school in the morning isn't possible this year. Let us know if you will have difficulty getting the pies there. If you use your own non-disposable/recyclable pie plates, you'll be responsible for getting them back.

Music notes:  The Mohawk Marching Band and Colorguard will perform in the Booster Day Parade and on the field during halftime.

Game notes: The Mohawk Warriors will be playing the Turners Falls Indians in Mohawk's 45th Annual Booster Day football game. As of Wednesday, October 19 both teams have two wins and two losses in Intercounty League matchups and are playing for wins to qualify for a post-season game. It should be a great game starting at 7pm under the lights at Pollard Field.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Baked Potato Booth at the Ashfield Fall Festival

Great weather is predicted for this weekend and we're looking forward to a crowd of hungry festival-goers singing their praises of the Mohawk Music Association's famous Baked Potato with Toppings. Kevin Hollister's delicious Taco Potato, which made its debut at last year's Festival, will be served again this year. Topped with taco-seasoned ground turkey, shredded cheese, salsa and sour cream, it is a spud-lover's delight. There will also be other yummy toppings to choose from: butter, broccoli, sour cream, yogurt, shredded cheese, and bacon.

Our Baked Potato tent will be set up at the Ashfield Fall Festival on the Town Common, between the Fire House and the large Craft Tent. We hope to see you there. Bring your appetite!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Meeting Tonight at 6 pm

The Mohawk Music Association meets tonight, Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 6:00 pm in the Mohawk school cafeteria.

Agenda
- Final plans for our Baked Potato Booth at the Ashfield Fall Festival
- Cultural Council Application due 10/15
- Planning 2011-2012 meeting schedule

40 pound boxes of potatoes will be distributed to the bakers

Workers Needed for our Baked Potato Fundraiser

Our annual baked potato fundraiser will be happening at the Ashfield Fall Festival this weekend, October 8 and 9. This is usually our biggest fundraiser of the year and we need a lot of help to make it a success.

Potato bakers - Kevin will be distributing 40 pound boxes of potatoes tonight at the Music Association meeting. If you can't be there tonight please contact us and we will make other arrangements to get the potatoes to you. The potatoes need to be washed, wrapped in foil, and baked for about two hours (detailed instructions are included in each box of spuds). Deliver the hot potatoes to our booth on the Town Common in Ashfield at your scheduled time. We still need potatoes for the following time slots: Saturday at 1 pm and 3 pm, Sunday at 2 pm and 3 pm, and more during the lunch rush (11 am - 1 pm) on both days.

Potato sales - Working at the booth on the Town Common in Ashfield: taking orders and adding the toppings, set-up, clean-up, "runners" to bring the potatoes from the parking areas to the booth. We need at least two more workers on Sunday from 9:45 am - 1 pm and at least 1 more on Sunday from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Please come to the meeting tonight and find out how you can help!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Mohawk Music Association Meeting

The next meeting of the Mohawk Music Association will be Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 6:00 pm in the Mohawk school cafeteria.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Marching Band in Colrain Old Home Day Parade

The Mohawk Marching Band will perform in Colrain's Old Home Day Parade on Saturday, September 17, 2011. The parade begins at the Colrain Fire Station at 10:00 am and will proceed along Main Road to Colrain Center and continue along Jacksonville Road to Colrain Central School.

This year Colrain's Old Home Day celebrates Colrain's 250th Anniversary. Music, food, vendors, craft demonstrations, story-telling, games, and more all day long at Colrain Central School. The day will culminate with a fireworks display at 8:00 pm. See the complete event schedule here.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Mohawk Music Assoication Meeting Agenda

The next meeting of the Mohawk Music Association will be Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 6:00 pm in the Mohawk school cafeteria.

Agenda

1. Secretary’s report

2. Treasurer’s report

3. Music Director’s report

4. Old business
MMA and music dept partnership
Mohawk Alumni Concert

5. New business
Ashfield Fall Festival (Saturday and Sunday, October 8-9)
Colrain 250th (Saturday, September 17)
Open House (Thursday, September 22, 6:00 pm)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Mohawk Music Association Meeting

The next meeting of the Mohawk Music Association will be Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 6:00 pm in the Mohawk school cafeteria.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Meeting Reminder

The next meeting of the Mohawk Music Association will be Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 6:00 pm, at Kevin and Lisa Hollister's home. This is a potluck supper meeting: Kevin and Lisa will provide burgers (beef & veggie) and hotdogs; everyone else please bring a dish to share. Students are encouraged to attend.

Agenda:
  • Secretary's Report
  • Treasurer's Report
  • Music Director's Report
  • Nominations for the Secretary's position
  • Look at the entire school year (fundraising, performances, trips etc) so that we can have an advanced plan

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Mohawk Music Association Meeting

The next meeting of the Mohawk Music Association will be Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 6:00 pm, at Kevin and Lisa Hollister's home

Officers for 2011-2012

Mohawk Music Association Officers for the 2011-2012 school year were elected at the June 7, 2011 meeting:
  • President: Eric Grant
  • V.P.: Sheri Thayer
  • Treasurer: Emily Robertson
  • Secretary: open
Please note that there is no name listed for the position of Secretary. If you want to volunteer please contact Eric Grant.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Mohawk Music Association Meeting

The next meeting of the Mohawk Music Association will be Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 6:00 pm in the Mohawk school cafeteria.

Agenda

1. Secretary’s report

2. Treasurer’s report

3. Music Director’s report

4. Old business
  • Updated MMA constitution/by-laws
  • Auditorium equipment needs
  • Alumni concert: date of 3/24 or 3/31/12???
5. New business
  • MMA’s role in funding any new equipment/purchases deemed necessary for music program
  • Fund raising offers from central office
  • Military Band concert concessions
  • Election of 2012 officers

Scholarships Awarded

The Mohawk Music Association was proud to present scholarships totaling $1400.00 at Senior Awards Night on June 1, 2011 to these deserving graduates:
  • Moriah Coates
  • Eliza Hollister
  • Emily Pacino
  • Christopher Stafford
Congratulations on your musical accomplishments at Mohawk and good luck in your college years!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Upcoming Performances

Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day)
High School Marching Band
   10 am Ashfield Parade (Ashfield weather forecast)
   1 pm Plainfield Parade
   3 pm Savoy Parade
Middle School Marching Band
   10 am Colrain Parade at West Branch Cemetery (map) (Colrain weather forecast)

Thursday, June 2
Senior Awards Night, 6:30 pm in the auditorium - High School Band

Sunday, June 5
Senior Graduation Ceremony, 1:00 pm on the football field (gym if raining) - High School Band  (Buckland weather forecast)

Wednesday, June 8
Elementary School Student Spelling Bee sponsored by the Mary Lyon Foundation, 6:00 pm in the Mohawk auditorium. Performances by the High School Jazz Band and the Middle School Chorus.

Thursday, June 9
The Middle School Chorus and Band will perform at the Massachusetts State House in Boston.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Spring Concert

Mohawk Trail Regional School Music Department
presents its
Annual Spring Concert

A Variety of Popular & Serious Concert Works
Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 6:30 pm
in the Mohawk Trail Regional School Auditorium

Featuring....

Middle School & High School
Instrumental & Choral Ensembles
Jazz Band
Concert Band
Concert Chorus
Select Chorus
Compositions from the Electronic Music Class


Free admission  -  Donations accepted


The Mohawk Music Association will be providing concessions for purchase.

Concert announcement on Mohawk Class Pages:
http://classes.mohawkschools.org/index.php?topic=6730.0

Monday, May 9, 2011

Nominations of Officers for 2011-2012

Nominations for Mohawk Music Association Officers for the 2011-2012 school year were made at the May 4, 2011 meeting:
  • President: Eric Grant
  • V.P.: Sheri Thayer
  • Treasurer: Emily Robertson
  • Secretary: open
Please note that there is no name listed for the position of Secretary. If you want to be nominated for the position of Secretary please contact Eric Grant.
The Secretary plays an important role and is necessary for the board to function well. It is a good ground-floor opportunity for a person wanting to be involved on the board.

Voting will take place at the next meeting on June 7, 2011 at 6:00 pm in the Mohawk cafeteria.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

See the Vice Principal Dance

A month ago we posted Want To See the Vice Principal Dance?, urging people to help the Mohawk Resource Center's book sale reach its sales goal, which would result in the Mohawk Vice Principal performing his breakdancing during the school Talent Show.

Well, the goal was reached and Vice Principal Joey Kotright-Clark made good on his promise and danced at the Talent Show. The dance was recorded and uploaded to YouTube. A link to the dance video may be found on the new Mohawk Blog: http://mohawkschoolsblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/youtube-link-for-mr-kc-breakdancing.html.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Kids in Concert - Refreshments and Help Needed

The Mohawk district's all-elementary-school Kids in Concert event will be held in the Mohawk auditorium next Thursday, 5/5, at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend this fun event that brings together music students in grades 4-6 from all the schools. 

The Mohawk Music Association will be hosting a reception for the participants and their families afterward in the cafeteria. We would very much appreciate donations of goodies that we can serve at the reception. The more that is donated, the less we need to purchase.

This is a first for the MMA, and we think it's a good way to let the families of elementary students know about our organization and start thinking about participating in it. We hope to gather a lot of contact information so we can broadcast information (and, of course, ask for help) to a wider number of families.

If you can contribute refreshments or help, please let me know. That way, we will know how much to buy and how many folks will be there to set up, serve and clean up. You can drop off your donation the evening of the concert or on Wednesday evening at our Music Association meeting (starting at 6 p.m), or you can send it in to the music room during school hours.

Thank you very much for any help you can give us.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mohawk Music Association Meeting

The next meeting of the Mohawk Music Association will be Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 6:00 pm in the Mohawk school cafeteria.

Agenda
  
   1. Secretary’s report

   2. Treasurer’s report

   3. Music Director’s report

   4. Old business
         Final (?) vote on MMA constitution/by-laws
         Update on equipment needs
         Alumni concert update
         Sr./ full department field trip/party
         Scholarship committee update

   5. New business
         Kids in Concert
         Spring Concert
         Nominations of officers for 2012

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Kids In Concert

Kids In Concert is the annual showcase event for the talented musicians in the six Mohawk District elementary schools. Students from 4th, 5th, and 6th grades perform together in a combined chorus and a combined band. Also performing will be the Heath Elementary School String students, and the District Band.

Please plan to attend this great event on Thursday May 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm in the Mohawk auditorium. Admission is free, but showing your support for the young musicians is priceless.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Want To See the Vice Principal Dance?

Charles Schultz's bestseller in 1962 and 1963
Next week the Mohawk Resource Center/Library is celebrating National Library Week by hosting a Scholastic Book Fair with a theme of 1960's: Peace, Love and Read.

According to Resource Center/Library Director Terry McConnell, if this year's goal of $2,250 is raised, Vice Principal Joey Kotright-Clark has agreed to perform his infamous Hip Hop Dance Style in front of the entire school. The dance will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube.

The Book Fair will be open Monday, April 11 through Friday, April  15 from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm, and also from 6 pm to 7:30 pm on Thursday, April 14.

Happy Dance
Let's help the Library reach their goal. We all want to see what kind of dance moves the VP's got.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Nashville Countdown

It's almost time for the Mohawk Music Department's Annual Adjudication Festival Tour. This year the students will be traveling to Nashville, departing Tuesday, April 5 and returning Sunday, April 10.

Trip highlights  include:

     Tuesday afternoon - Wednesday late morning: 18 hour bus ride

     Wednesday, April 6
     Thursday, April 7
     Friday, April 8
     Saturday, April 9
     Saturday night- Sunday evening: 18 hour bus ride
     View the site locations on Google Maps.

This trip has been arranged with Heritage Festivals, recognized for their outstanding educational music festival tours. Visit the Heritage Festivals Virtual Tour page for videos and sample daily schedules.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mohawk Music Association Meeting

The next meeting of the Mohawk Music Association will be Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm in the Mohawk school cafeteria.

Agenda

1. Secretary’s report

2. Treasurer’s report

3. Music Director’s report

4. Old business
  • Updated MMA constitution/by-laws: do we want to post on MMA blog site?  
5. New business
  • MMA’s role in funding any new equipment/purchases deemed necessary for music program
  • Nashville trip
  • Formation of scholarship committee for 2011 scholarship awards
  • Senior banquet/awards/trip?
  • Mohawk alumni fund-raising concert for 2012
  • Fund day trip for music students this spring?

Note: Sequence of discussion may be rearranged.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Help Wanted

The Mohawk Music Association will be selling home-baked goods, other snacks, and drinks at the Fiorello! show this weekend.

We need:
   - goodies to sell
   - help with set up, clean up, concessions sales, and ticket sales.

We have THREE performance times to sell for, and these concessions provide an important fund-raising opportunity for the Music Association.

Show times are:
   - Friday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m.
   - Saturday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m.
   - Sunday, March 13 at 2:30 p.m.

NOTE: Food donations, whether homemade or bought, MUST BE INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED, in a size that's reasonable for the $1.00 cost we will charge.

Donated goods can be dropped off in the music room during school on Friday or in the lobby before each performance.

We thank you in advance for your much-needed help. Enjoy the show!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Fiorello! - Ticket Information

Mohawk's All-School Musical Comedy Fiorello! is about Politics, Equality, and Love. It tells the story of the rise to power of New York's "Little Flower," Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia.

Show dates: Friday, March 11 @ 7pm, Saturday, March 12 @ 7pm, and Sunday March 13 @ 2:30pm. (Snow Dates: March 18, 19, 20)

Tickets may be reserved by calling (413) 625-9811, extension 1317.
All advance tickets reserved by March 10:  $5
Tickets purchased at the door:
Adult:  $10
Senior (Ages 65 and up):  $8
Student (Ages 4-20):  $8
Tickets may also be purchased in the 30% Store of radio stations 98.3 FM WHAI  and Bear Country 95.3. Proceeds from tickets purchased at the 30% Store are used to pay for radio advertisements for the Musical.

FIORELLO! Book by Jerome Weidman and George Abbott. Music by Jerry Bock. Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. Fiorello! is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by
MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684
http://www.mtishows.com/

Meeting Schedule Update

The meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 6:00 pm has been changed to Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm in the school cafeteria.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Mohawk Music Association Meeting

The next meeting of the Mohawk Music Association will be Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 6:00 pm in the Mohawk school cafeteria.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Mohawk Music Association Meeting

The meeting of the Mohawk Music Association scheduled for Tuesday, February 1, 2011 has been cancelled.

The next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 6:00 pm in the Mohawk cafeteria.

A meeting may be held prior to March 1 if we need to prepare for the musical Fiorello!, which will be performed March 11-13, 2011.

Friday, January 21, 2011

"Fiorello!" - Mohawk's All-School Musical


Image credit: mtishows.com
Friday, March 11 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, March 12 at 7:00 PM
Sunday, March 13 at 2:30 PM
(Snow Dates: March 18-20, 2011)
in the Mohawk Trail Regional School Auditorium

TICKETS

$5 All advance tickets (Reserved by March 10)


Tickets purchased at the door:
Adult  $10
Senior (Ages 65 and up)  $8
Student (Ages 4-20)  $8

Reservations may be made by calling (413) 625-9811, extension 1317.
Mohawk Music Director DoraThea Kastanas has posted information about the All-School Musical "Fiorello!" and the audition schedule on Mohawk's Message Board:  
http://classes.mohawkschools.org/index.php?topic=5252.0.

Also see http://classes.mohawkschools.org/index.php?topic=5682.0.

More information about the show may be viewed on the website of Music Theatre International (MTI):  http://www.mtishows.com/show_detail.asp?showid=000216.

FIORELLO! Book by Jerome Weidman and George Abbott. Music by Jerry Bock. Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick.
 
Fiorello! is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by
MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684
http://www.mtishows.com/