Sunday, September 8, 2013

Mohawk Music Department News – September 2013

Maestro Halligan
Mohawk Music Department News for September 2013 from Music Director Scott Halligan.

The Mohawk Music Department has plans for a fantastic year! We have great fundraisers planned, a new music honors society called Tri-M, a new Rock Band class, we’ve made improvements to the Music Room, and we have preliminary plans for a 4-day Spring Break trip to NYC! (2013-2014 Events list.)

Need a Car Wash? We’ll be kicking off our year with a Car Wash Fundraiser on Wednesday, Sept. 18! (Rain Date: Friday Sept. 20) From 12:50-6:00pm, Mohawk High School Music Students will be washing cars and trucks, making music, and accepting donations to support the Music Department! This will also be the inaugural event for Mohawk’s new music honors society: Tri-M! Interested in participating in this event as a chaperon? Email Mr. Halligan!

The High School Music Department is starting a Tri-M Chapter this year! Tri-M Music Honor Society is the international music honor society for high school students. It is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements, reward them for their accomplishments and service activities, and to inspire other students to excel in music and leadership. Through more than 5,500 chartered chapters, Tri-M has helped thousands of young people provide years of service through music in schools throughout the world. Tri-M is a program of the National Association for Music Education. For more information go to:

The High School Music Department is also kicking off a new Rock Band class this fall! Students will learn the essentials of playing in a rock band, and will have opportunities to perform at Mohawk events like Booster Day! Students in Rock Band will also explore a new, ground-breaking curriculum called "Rock and Roll, an American Story" courtesy of the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation. For more information go to:

The Music Department is accepting donations to help get this new class rocking and rolling! Do you have an old electric guitar collecting dust? A bass lurking under the couch? A neglected drum kit? Pay it forward to the next generation of rockers! If you have any of the items below, in good condition and working order, please do bring them in (note that donations are subject to school approval):
-Electric guitars, basses, and keyboards
-Cymbals and/or drum kits
-Area rugs (or carpet samples) for drum sets and dampening sound
-Amplifiers and small audio mixers

We had a very busy summer in the Mohawk Music Room, and the results are impressive! All closets were emptied and completely reorganized, including the formerly-overflowing and now-immaculate Costume Closet. New technology was installed, and new high-quality chairs and music stands arrived. A new epoxy floor was installed in the music library. The barn for theater scenery storage also received a lot of TLC! A major overhaul of the music library is still under way, including the installation of new high-density sliding shelving units. It was a major undertaking, and a labor of love for a lot of people, to achieve all of this! THANK YOU to all the students, parents, and staff that helped to make the Mohawk Music Room Makeover 2013 a success! (Coming Soon: photos of the Music Room transformation will be posted to the MMA website for your enjoyment!)

The destination for this year’s High School Music Competition Trip is NYC! We are finalizing plans to participate in the Worldstrides Heritage Performance Music Festival over Spring Break (April 24-27, 2014). The festival includes a performance in Riverside Church, adjudication and coaching by nationally acclaimed adjudicators, lodging, and an awards ceremony, dinner, and dance aboard the Circle Line Cruise around Manhattan. More information will be announced soon on Class Pages! Information about the festival can be found here:
Breath-taking images of Riverside Church are here:

Interested in getting involved with planning events, fundraising, or chaperoning? Have other questions? Get in touch! 
Scott Halligan:
Gina Glover:
Mohawk Music Association President, Sherry Taylor