Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Trailer Park comes to Mohawk to Benefit Music Program

Photo credit: Trailer Park's Facebook page

Trailer Park, the Pioneer Valley’s premier party band, will be performing at Mohawk Trail Regional High School in a special benefit concert for the Mohawk Music Association on November 7. Mohawk has a special connection with Trailer Park, which was co-founded by alumnus Tom Mahnken, and this will be the band’s third appearance at the school in recent years.

“I was very involved in the music program, playing in the jazz band and concert band and in several school musicals,” Mahnken said in an interview with the Recorder last January. “I loved all my music time at Mohawk. It gave me a lot of opportunities in different types of music. A lot of exploring! I welcome the opportunity to give a little back.”

Tom Mahnken performing on Mohawk's stage in 2012. Photo credit: Trailer Park's Facebook page

“One of the goals of this event is to connect these seasoned professionals with the next generation of aspiring musicians,” says Mohawk High School Music Director Scott Halligan. Students in Halligan’s Rock Band class will perform in the first half of the concert.

Trailer Park’s involvement with the music program at Mohawk in recent years has made an impact on students. “My students learn a lot from them, their professionalism, their musicianship, the whole vibe they create for the audience,” says Halligan. “This is a band that’s been successful together for 20 years now, so we’re trying to figure out their secret sauce.”

 Halligan teaches a Rock Band class that has become a very popular choice for students. “It was originally a guitar class,” he says. “But then I saw what Dave Chalfant was doing at the Academy [at Charlemont] with student rock bands, and I got inspired to try it at Mohawk.” Students enrolled in the course learn to play guitar, bass, and drums, and perform in two to three concerts during the semester.

"Sonic Toast" closes the student performances during the 2013 concert. (Avery, Erik (on drums), Caleb, and Johnny) performing "When I'm Gone" by 3 Doors Down

Proceeds of this concert go to the Mohawk Music Association, which supports students in Mohawk’s dynamic, high-achieving music program.

The concert will be held in the Mohawk High School Auditorium on Friday, November 7, at 7pm. Tickets available at the door: $10 adults, $5 children, Mohawk Students FREE. Proceeds benefit the Mohawk Music Association. Concessions will be available in the lobby.


Scott Halligan
Music Director
Mohawk Trail Regional High School
26 Ashfield Road
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
(413) 625-9811 x1317
On the Mohawk auditorium stage in 2013, Trailer Park musicians Rick Page (red shirt) and Greg Lauzon (orange shirt) on the saxophones joined by Mohawk Music Director Scott Halligan on the cornet performing "Monkey Man" and "A Message to You Rudy," both by The Specials

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Music News

From Principal Lynn Dole's October 26, 2014 Newsletter:

Music News

High School Music News from Mr. Halligan
October has been an exhilarating month for Mohawk Music! And as we move into November, we'll have several events that you definitely won't want to miss. Below you will find a recap of our recent successes with performances and fundraising, followed by info on our upcoming events. 

Cantate Festival Recap 
The High School Concert Chorus traveled to Keene State College for the Cantate High School Choral Festival last Friday, October 24 - and they had a fantastic day! 
High School choirs from all over New England had gathered there to perform in the beautiful Redfern Arts Center, receive coaching on stage by college music faculty, and learn about how to reach the highest levels of vocal performance. Mohawk was the last high school to perform, and once on stage our singers rose to the occasion and delivered a particularly outstanding, high-spirited performance. They sang with confidence, clarity, and sophistication, and conducted themselves in a way that won the audience's admiration and respect. Dr. Sandra Howard, who coordinates the event every year and coached our singers after their performance, said that she has loved hearing Mohawk over the last three years because "not only has the program grown in size, but it's also grown remarkably in quality." She also asked the audience, "Do they look like they're having fun singing or what?" This was great confirmation that our chorus is achieving higher levels of quality, and that our students are definitely enjoying themselves in the process. 

So our performance was thrilling, but the whole event was an extremely rich learning experience and there were many highlights. Our coaching on stage with Dr. Howard was enlightening, and we also received written comments and suggestions from other members of the college's vocal faculty (we now have many new things to work on in class!). We also heard magnificent performances by the Keene State College Choirs, which gave our students a sense of what professional quality looks and sounds like. Our students also had opportunities to meet and mingle with students from other schools, and the event closed with an "All Sing" in which everyone performed together as a massive choir. It was an incredibly successful, inspiring, and satisfying day. Although, for some it was bittersweet. When we were back at Mohawk, one of our seniors who recently joined chorus said "I wish I had joined chorus sooner! I'm just getting into this now and it's my last year!" But having had this positive experience so early in the year, our singers will be poised for a very successful year of singing. 

Fall Festival Recap
Congratulations to our Select Chorus and our unplugged rockers Acoustic Toast, who performed at the Ashfield Fall Festival on Sunday, October 12! The weather was perfect, and our groups kicked off the day of performances on the town common with a great set of music for an appreciative audience. Thank you Larry Parnass for inviting us to be part of the festival! Thanks also to the Ashfield Congregational Church for providing us with a warm-up space. We're already looking forward to next year! 

Fundraising – October recap 
Mohawk Music students and parents have done some serious fundraising this month. The Mohawk Music Association's Booster Day Pie Sale was their most successful to date! They had more pies donated to the sale this year than ever before, and the pies were completely sold out by the end of the evening. 

Then at the Ashfield Fall Festival, the MMA's Baked Potato Booth also did very well this year. They didn't quite break the record set last year, probably due to the weather, but nonetheless they still had a very successful weekend raising funds to support music students at Mohawk. Thank you to all of the families that contributed to these important fundraisers! 

Students in the Tri-M Music Honors Society also led three successful fundraising events this month: one car wash at Mohawk and two "Bake and Busk" events in Shelburne Falls. They raised over $700 with these events! Proceeds go to the competition trip to Virginia this spring - specifically to the cost of transportation. The goal is to cover the transportation cost for this year's competition trip: $5251. After this month's fundraising and contributions by the MMA, we are about half way there! We have approximately $2500 left to go! Students have also been undertaking their own fundraising to defray the costs for their trip to Virginia. Several students have received sponsorships from area businesses, and most students participated in a Florida citrus fundraiser. 

Fundraising – Next Steps 
Starting November 10, Students participating in the trip to Virginia will be offering valuable coupon books for sale. The books will be sold for $25 each, and they include some great coupons to Big Y (10% off entire purchase - no matter how big!). The Big Y coupons make the books well worth the cost! Ask a music student for more information. 

Tote Bags are still available, too! These are very practical, and they make great gifts! You can find them in the Local Goods Catalog, and also at the MMA website. 

Aladdin – Nov. 5 trip to Broadway
Ms. Glover and I are excited about the upcoming trip to see "Aladdin" on Broadway! About 85 students and chaperones will be participating in this special trip. 

Mohawk Rock Band with special guests: TRAILER PARK! - Special MMA Benefit Concert, Friday, November 7
Mohawk Music's loudest, most rocking concert of the year is coming up in just a few weeks! Mark your calendars for Friday, November 7, and get yourself, your friends, and your family down to the Mohawk Auditorium to shake a leg and support a good cause! Mohawk Rock Band students will be the opening act, sharing their work with a great set of tunes in the first half of the concert. Our special guests and headliners will be Trailer Park, featuring Mohawk Music alumnus Tom Mahnken on bass and vocals. This will be Trailer Park's third performance at Mohawk to benefit the MMA! 

According to the Recorder: "...Trailer Park has been the Pioneer Valley's go-to party band, proving time and again that it can entice even the most reluctant among us to get out on the dance floor." So come out and bring your dancing shoes! You won't want to miss this! 
November 77pm. Mohawk Auditorium. $10 adults, $5 children, Mohawk Students FREE. Proceeds benefit the Mohawk Music Association. Concessions will be available in the lobby. 

Next MMA Meeting - Tuesday Nov. 4 
This meeting will include preparations for the Rock Band/Trailer Park concert. Parents, please come to participate! 6:30pm, Mohawk Library. 

Other Upcoming Performances:
Concert Chorus will be performing at the Mary Lyon Spelling Bee on Nov. 13, 6:30 in the Mohawk Auditorium. 

Select Chorus will be joining Hilltown Harmony for a benefit concert on Nov. 22, 3:00pm, Trinity Church, Shelburne Falls. 

Winter Concert, December 9, 6:30pm, Mohawk Auditorium. 

Field trip to Broadway/NYC on November 5: The following is a list of information and an itinerary for the day.
8:00am - depart from Mohawk
12:30pm - arrive in NYC - lunch in Times Square
1:30 - arrive at theater for 2:00 show
4:30 - depart from NYC
6:00 - dinner at Danbury Mall food court
9:00pm - approximate arrival at Mohawk
      We will be travelling by coach bus. Students may bring DVD’s PG-13 and under. We will vote on the bus for movie selections. R rated movies will NOT be chosen.
      Students may bring electronics, however ipads, ipods etc. will need to be left on the bus while we are in the city. The bus WILL be locked. Students may bring phones with them.
      Students will need money for food only. We will not be shopping. It is suggested that students bring at least $20 to cover both meals, however students may bring a lunch/dinner and eat on the bus.
      Please dress appropriately! School dress codes WILL apply. It may be chilly/windy in the city so please plan accordingly by bringing hats, jackets and even gloves!
      When we are in Springfield students will be calling home to notify parents that we are about an hour away. If your child does not have a cell phone, they may borrow one to make this phone call.
      This is a “non-performance” trip. Students will not need music or instruments.

Middle School Band & Chorus Concert Dress:
Our Winter Concert is approaching! Students should start to locate their concert dress materials. We will be having an in-school fitting day where students will be fitted for tuxedo shirts and vests. The following pieces are needed and are NOT supplied by Mohawk:
      Black dress pants - NO jeans or stretch pants - shirts will need to be tucked in.
      Black dress shoes - NO flip-flops and no sneakers with white laces/or any other colors on them. Plain black please!
      Black socks
Students will receive a white tuxedo shirt, black vest and a blue bow tie. Vests and bow ties will remain at school. Tuxedo shirts should be taken home to wash in between performances.

Winter Concert: Our Winter Concert will now be held on Tuesday, December 9th at 6:30 pm in the auditorium at Mohawk.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tote Bags for Sale

[UPDATE 12/5/2014: Saturday, December 6 is "Local Goods" distribution day so if you bought something from this year's catalog you can pick it up at Sanderson Academy between 9:30 am and noon. Many vendors bring extra goods so if you didn't pre-order you can still participate.]

2014 Sanderson Academy PTO Local Goods Catalog, page 20.

The MMA Tote Bags are on sale  in the 2014 Sanderson Academy PTO Local Goods Catalog, now available online at http://www.ashfieldlocalgoods.com/

Shop local and support the school at the same time. Ordering deadline for the Local Goods Catalog is Friday, November 7.  Orders must be submitted through Sanderson Academy.

The Tote Bags will also be available at the Trailer Park Concert (Nov 7), and the Winter Concert (Dec 9 Dec. 17), both events at the Mohawk Auditorium.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Music News

From Principal Lynn Dole's October 13, 2014 Newsletter:

From Mr. Halligan
Mr. Halligan leads the Mohawk Marching Band in front of the school during the Booster Day Parade.
Thanks to everyone who helped make our 2nd annual Car Wash a success! Students earned over $300 to help fund their trip to Virginia this spring. The MMA had a very successful pie sale on Booster Day! Thanks to everyone who made that event possible - and thanks as well to everyone who bought a slice of pie (talk about a win-win)! The Mohawk Warriors Marching Band was proud to march in the Booster Day Parade, and we’re already looking forward to next year. Select Chorus gave their first performance of the year at the Booster Day Pep Rally! Many thanks to all who baked potatoes and worked at the Baked Potato Booth at this weekend’s Fall Festival in Ashfield.  On Sunday, October 12 Mohawk Music alumna Tess Burdick performed at the Fall Festival and then at 11:15am Mohawk's unplugged student rockers, Acoustic Toast, performed, followed by our Select Chorus.  Now we’re looking ahead to more exciting events this month: Bake and Busk and Cantate! 
Jesse Porter-Henry, Assistant Principal, buys a slice of pie from MMA President Sherry Taylor at the Booster Day Game.

Bake & Busk - October 19, 10:00am-1:00pm - Shelburne Falls
High School Music Students will be fundraising for their trip to Virginia with a special bake sale and busking event in Shelburne Falls on Oct 19 from 10am-1pm. “Busking” is performing on the street for donations. Students will have a bake sale tent across the street from McCuskers, and will also be singing songs and playing instruments for donations. Please stop by and show your support!

Cantate! – Friday, October 24! - You’re invited!
I would like to invite you to join me and the High School Concert Chorus at the Cantate Choral Festival at Keene State College, October 24. It would be delightful to have you with us! This is a fantastic event for our students, and I think you would be thrilled to experience it first hand.  Choirs from all over New England come to Keene State to participate in the festival, where they perform and receive on-stage coaching from college music faculty. The college choirs also perform, and the event ends with an "all sing" in which students from all participating schools perform together as a massive choir. It's a spectacular, inspiring event! 
This is a great focal-point for my classroom instruction, both before and after the event. It's a very rich, authentic learning experience for our students.  Cantate is scheduled for 9am-1pm on October 24 at Keene State College. You are welcome to come with us on the bus (leaving Mohawk at 8am, returning at 2pm), or you can drive separately if you need to come late or leave early (you will just need to pick up a visitor parking pass on campus). Once the performance schedule is set for the day, I can let you know what time our school will be performing.  Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about this. I hope you will consider joining us! 
Scott Halligan

Williamsburg, VA – $50 Deposit due October 17
High School Band and Chorus members planning to participate in the annual competition trip will need to make a deposit of $50 by October 17. We will be traveling to Williamsburg, Virginia over April Vacation to compete in the Worldstrides Heritage Music Festival, visit historical sites, attend concerts by the Virginia International Tattoo, and spend a day celebrating at Busch Gardens amusement park! Parents are eligible to chaperon, too!

More information on the Williamsburg Trip can be found here: https://sites.google.com/a/mohawkschools.org/high-school-music/williamsburg-trip

More information on the Worldstrides Heritage Performance Festival is here: http://hp.educationaltravel.com/event-item/williamsburg-music-festival/

Winter Concert Date Change
Please note: the Winter Concert has been moved from December 10 to December 9. Still 6:30pm.

From Ms. Glover
Ms. Glover directs the Middle School Chorus performance at a Mohawk Music Concert.
Winter Concert:
Believe it or not our Winter Concert is only 11 short weeks away, on December 9th. Students will be fitted for their vests and tuxedo shirts in the very near future. Vests and shirts are owned by Mohawk and students use them for various performances throughout the year. Students are required to provide their own black dress pants, black dress shoes, and black socks. Please see my class pages for more information on the concert dress policy. (link below)

Students should have received information on the Citrus Fundraiser. This is a fundraiser that Mr. Halligan has set up for the High School students as a way to minimize their Virginia trip payment. Mr. Halligan has offered for Middle School students to join in on this as well, as a way to help with the cost of our Six Flags field trip in May. The Music Association has once again generously donated the $29 per student performance fee for each student, as they have done in the past. This leaves the fee for the ticket to get into Six Flags, as well as the bus fee for the day. These 2 items usually total between $45-$60. This fundraiser is a way for students to work to individually reduce this payment, and, if students sell enough citrus they may even be able to go for free! The orders are due by October 24th and fruit will arrive in time for Thanksgiving! 

Class Pages:
Just a reminder that my class pages are a great way for parents to receive information about everything regarding the music program. From concert dress, performance schedule, field trip information … it's all there. There's even a monthly calendar which lists what days are band or chorus days, so students will never be unclear - especially as we get into the snow day season and schedules tend to change quickly.Please use this as a resource and check often as I add information each week. (see link below)

The following are links to my class pages, the music department Facebook page, the MMA webpage, and the MMA Facebook page! Please visit any of these sites for more information about our program!

MMA website: www.mohawkmusicassociation.org

Monday, October 13, 2014

Great Weekend at the Ashfield Fall Festival!

Another soon to be satisfied customer at the Baked Potato Booth.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped at the Mohawk Music Association's Baked Potato Sale at the Ashfield Fall Festival this weekend. From prep to baking to working to cleaning to eating, and more, this really is an event that takes a lot of coordination and cooperation to pull off and the MMA community did an amazing job!

If you were there, please don't hesitate to give us feedback. Let us know how your experience was! Send a facebook message, or email MohawkMusicAssociation@gmail.com

From today's Recorder page A1 article about the Ashfield Fall Festival, headlined "Attendees eat up the fest: Many different delights when it comes to food":
“Business is insane,” reported Barbara Harris, who was volunteering at the Mohawk Music Association’s baked stuffed potato station. “We are about to sell out. We probably have 15 left,” Harris said at 3:30 Sunday.

Daughter Samantha Harris-Fried corrected that number to five — prompting a warning to the line of nine or so that supplies were low. Minutes later, the last potato was on its way and the volunteers were left with juice and

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Help Wanted - Baked Potato Sale

Update on Baked Potato Sale workers and bakers needed for this weekend at the Ashfield Fall Festival:

Saturday - need 2 people from 3-5
Sunday - need 3 or 4 people from 11-12 and 4 or 5 folks to help break down the booth at 5

Saturday - 1 pm, 2 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm
Sunday - 2 batches for 2 pm

Broccoli - need someone to steam broccoli both days to bring it to the booth around 9:45.

Thank you for any help you can offer!

Sherry Taylor

Monday, October 6, 2014

MMA Meeting / Baked Potato Sale Help Needed

The next Mohawk Music Association meeting is Tuesday, October 7, at 6:30 pm in the hallway between the cafeteria and the entrance door from the employee parking lot.

You may come at 5:30 pm if you want to help box potatoes to get them ready for distribution to our volunteer bakers. Bakers may come anytime between 5:30 and 8 pm to pick up their boxes and baking/delivery instructions.

On the agenda:  we'll get updates from the Music Directors about their upcoming events, plan for the Baked Potato Sale at the Ashfield Fall Festival, plan for the Trailer Park concert on Nov. 7, and more!

Please join us.

The Mohawk Music Association selling baked potatoes at the Ashfield Fall Festival.

A message from MMA President Sherry Taylor:

Good evening to you all. My name is Sherry Taylor, president of the Mohawk Music Association and coordinator of the MMA's Baked Potato Booth at the Ashfield Fall Festival that is coming up on October 11th and 12th.

 First off, I would like to thank all of you who have already volunteered to either bake potatoes or work at our booth this year.

Secondly, I would like to extend an invitation to the rest of you to help us with this, our biggest fundraiser of the year.

 So, we need folks to bake the potatoes we sell. The MMA provides the potatoes, foil and directions all in a box for you to bake. You would bring them to us hot, still wrapped in the foil, on Saturday and/or Sunday at a specific time that you and I will arrange. Currently, we have some slots available on both days at 1 pm, 2 pm and 3pm as well at Sunday at noon. Potatoes can be picked up at Mohawk on Tuesday, October 7th between 6:30 - 8 at the cafeteria door on the right side of the building. We will be holding our regular MMA meeting in the area right inside the door, so feel free to join us at our meeting to see what we do.

We also need help in the booth selling the potatoes. People give us their order and we add the toppings they want. It is a lot of fun and the time just flies by because it is a very busy booth. Last year we sold out early both days selling 500 potatoes each day and we are aiming for more this year. You can see how the time would fly by when you are selling that many potatoes! We have some slots available on Saturday 9:45 - 1 and 2 -5 and on Sunday we have slots available 9:45 - 1, 11 - 2 and 2 - 5. If you could find it in your schedule to help with this booth, it would be most appreciated.

So, please respond to this email and let me know what day and time would be good for you to bake potatoes and/or help in the booth. Many hands make light work and all of our hands together support the music program at Mohawk!

 Thank you,

 Sherry Taylor

Friday, October 3, 2014

Bake and Busk!

Sunday, October 5 and Sunday, October 19, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Shelburne Falls, across State Street from McCusker's Market 

On two Sundays in October, Mohawk Music students will be fundraising for their trip to Williamsburg, Virginia with a "Bake and Busk"! It will be a combination bake-sale and busking event ("busking" is performing on the street for donations).

It's peak leaf-peeping season, so it will be a perfect time to bring your friends and family down to the village of Shelburne Falls!

You can find us across the street from McCusker's Market, near the iron bridge, from 10am-noon. Look for our bake sale tent and stop by to enjoy the student performances as they sing songs and play instruments for donations. Please come show your support!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Pie Sale at the Booster Day Football Game

The Mohawk Music Association will be running their annual Pie Sale at the Booster Day Football Game on Friday, October 3 at Mohawk's Pollard Field. We will be selling pies ($3 a slice or $12-$14 for a whole pie - depending on the size) starting at 5:30 pm.

The football  game starts at 7:00 pm. Come early to watch the parade arrive and grab a slice of pre-game pie. Have another slice at kick-off and then buy a whole pie to take home to share with the family.

Mohawk's Marching Band will perform in the Booster Day Parade, which starts from Arms Academy at 5:00 pm. Parade route: Arms Academy – Maple St. – Bridge St. – State St. – North St. - Rt. 112 – End in front of the MTRS Football Field. Let's show our band and football team lots of support!