High School Music News from Mr. Halligan
Happy Spring! Below you can find a summary of what students are learning in high school music classes. You can also read about the MICCA Festival, the Franklin County Honor Band concert, and our upcoming trip to the Annapolis Music Festival! Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our Spring Events!
What’s Happening in the Music Room?
Here is a summary of what Mohawk Music students are currently working on:
Concert Band students are participating in the MICCA Festival (more info below), where they will perform for a panel of adjudicators and receive coaching by distinguished music educators. Concert Band students will take what they learn at MICCA and apply it to their performances at the Annapolis Music Festival. In Concert Chorus and Select Chorus, students are polishing up several pieces for the Annapolis Music Festival. Students in strings class are progressing with their work on an original arrangement of “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay, and are also studying music based on Japanese folk music, traditional American fiddle tunes, movie themes, and original pieces. Rock Band students are playing in small groups and taking turns being the guitarist, bassist, and drummer. Beginners have completed “Free Fallin” by Tom Petty, and experienced rockers are working on “Float On” by Modest Mouse. Music Technology students are using Mixcraft digital audio software to create original soundtracks for movie trailers and other visual media.
Concert Band at the MICCA Festival – April 2
Concert Band will participate this weekend in the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) Festival. The festival will take place at Belchertown High School on Saturday, April 2, and the band’s performance will be at 8:30am. The performance will be followed by an informative 30 minute clinic with one of the judges.
Next week in the classroom, Concert Band students will take time to listen to a recording of their performance and read the adjudicators’ comments and suggestions for improvement. This is a very important formative assessment for Concert Band, and we look forward to the opportunity to reflect on critical feedback as we aspire to higher levels of performance.
Franklin County Honor Band – Free Concert, TFHS, 3pm on April 2
Several students in Concert Band are participating in the Franklin County Honor Band! Jennifer Boyle, Zach Arfa, Mahalia Dean, Morgan Young, Cassie Kudlay, and Julia Ussailis will be representing Mohawk! Our students will perform in a large ensemble side by side with students from Greenfield, Turners Falls, Frontier, Pioneer, and Mahar.
Students will rehearse at Turners Falls High School on Wednesday evening, March 30, from 5-8pm, and Saturday morning, April 2, from 11-2pm.
The Franklin County Honor Band will perform a free concert at Turners Falls High School at 3:00pm on Saturday, April 2.
Special Thanks to the Mohawk Music Association for paying the participation fee for the Franklin County Honor Band!
Annapolis Trip – April 7-10
This year’s music trip is just a few days away! 38 students in Concert Band, Concert Chorus, and Select Chorus will be participating in the Annapolis Music Festival. Our ensembles will be adjudicated by a panel of distinguished music educators, and each ensemble will receive a 30 minute clinic with one of the judges. Additionally, students will attend a National Symphony Orchestra concert at the Kennedy Center, a Women’s Glee Club concert at the US Naval Academy, visit the Smithsonian Museums, and attend concerts by other schools from across the country.
Please find details about the trip, a packing list, itinerary, departure procedure, rules of travel, and a permission slip HERE.
Thanks to donations, scholarships, community support, and fundraising, 100% of our eligible students who want to participate will be going on this trip!
The Annapolis trip is supported in part by grants from the Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont-Hawley, Colrain, Cummington, Heath, Plainfield, Rowe, and Shelburne Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Spring Events – mark your calendars!
Mohawk Music students are entering a busy season of events. Parents: please review the events calendar carefully and mark your calendars!
7th and 8th Grade Band and Chorus with Mr. Page
Band and Chorus students have been working hard to prepare music for the Spring Concert in May and the Six Flags Music Festival on Saturday, May 14th. All students are expected to participate in both events. If a student is unable to attend, please write a note or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . The total $50 payment for the festival and permission-slip are due by Wednesday, April 6th. Happy practicing!