Archive for April, 2015

The NRHS music department invites you to a special fundraising concert, this Saturday, May 2nd beginning at 7 pm in the NRHS Auditorium.  Doors will open at 6:30 pm.
The concert will be featuring local blues / funk band the Buzztones Rhythm Review.  Their music is described as, “A roots rock and soul stew with a side order of blues and funk.”  
The buzztones lead guitarist / vocalist is Jim Atkinson, the father of NRHS Senior, John Atkinson.  Other guest artists for the evening will feature: Mr. Joe McCarthy (Trumpet)- NRHS Band, Mr. Scott Rossley (Bass) and Mr. Matt Boynton (Bass) – Lancaster Music, Mr. Wayne Gilbert (Piano) – Retired Lancaster Music, Mr. Adam Weber (Trombone and father of Zach Weber, NRHS Senior), as well as some NRHS Music Students.
The show will feature 2, 45 (ish) minute sets with an intermission.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students at the door.  
We hope to see you, your family, your friends, your neighbors, and everyone there!  It will certainly be a great night for all! 

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NYC Trip Went Well

I want to take a moment to wrap up our New York City trip.  Before I do, I want to personally thank Suburban Tours, Deb, our tour guide, Ed, our bus driver, Friends of Music, especially Paula Castner for all of her hard work with organizing our trip, Mrs. Mianulli, Ms. Egan, Mrs. Bejamin, Mrs. Jones and Mr. Sartorious for being our chaperone volunteers.

This was an amazing weekend all around.  We could not have asked for better weather throughout the weekend.  Yesterday, (Saturday) it even broke 80 in the city!  Our 3 major performances were simply breath taking.  Words can really not do justice the emotion and experience our students and chaperones felt.  (Mahler 6, performed by the Boston Symphony orchestra, The Lion king, and Wynton Marsalas’ tribute to Joe Temperly.)  They were just simply, amazing.
We were also able to get a behind the scenes tour of the Museum of Moving Image, a sit down with the understudy for Mufasa, (Jamal) some guided free time in Times Square, and a sit down pre-performance discussion at Lincoln center.
Our students represented our school, our towns, themselves, and your families as well as, if not better than, we expected.  We did not have a single issue all weekend.  There were, “please” and “Thank you”‘s all around.  Each student found something that they could connect with throughout the trip.  I hope that our students will share their experiences with you as they try to relive their weekend.  It really was, as best as I can describe it, phenomenal.
I hope that we can find a way to share all of our pictures and experiences with everyone.  We can try to do this through the Nashoba Bands twitter account @NashobaBands.
~Mr. McCarthy

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Please join us at our next Friends of Music meeting on Monday, April 13th, at 6:30 pm in the chorus room.  All are welcome to attend!

PERFORMING ARTS TRIP:  April 17th-19th

Students attending the NYC trip need to arrive at the high school at 6:00 am to have their baggage checked before getting on the bus.  The luggage tags which were given out need to be affixed to all luggage, and all medicines necessary must be in clearly labeled containers.  Students should eat breakfast before or bring something to eat on the way. There will be a stop for lunch. Please refer to the trip information sheet and itinerary handed out at the March meeting for more information.


A benefit concert will take place on Saturday, May 2nd, featuring Jim Atkinson and his band with special performances by students and current and previous district band directors.  Save the date, look for more information forthcoming, and plan to attend in support of performing arts at the high school.

MAY CONCERTS: May 8th and May 15th

The band and choral concerts will be May 8th and May 15th.  Stow and Bolton will be hosting these last two concerts.  Parents should be expecting communication from the Stow and Bolton town reps regarding volunteers for admission and donations for intermission.


Please join us at our next to last Friends of Music meeting on Monday, May 11th, at 6:30 pm in the chorus room.  All are welcome to attend!


Band students will be performing at the Lancaster and Stow parades on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th.  Students will need to arrive at 8 am at the high school to take the bus to Lancaster. Between the two parades, there will be a barbecue at Camp Lowe in Lancaster.  Friends of Music will provide the main entrees, paper products and drinks. Parents are asked to donate side dishes and desserts.  The online link for donations can be found at VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/394GY9  We are also in need of chaperones for the bus and volunteers to help set up, clean up and barbecue.

BOSTON POPS “By Popular Demand” CONCERT:  June 5th

Boston Pops Conductor, Keith Lockhart, is celebrating 20 years with the Boston Pops,  in an effort to bring audiences directly into the concert experience like never before, Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops will present “By Popular Demand,” five concerts (5/7, 16, 26, 29 & 6/5) that offer concertgoers a chance to vote, live during the concert, for their favorite piece of music through their web-enabled devices, giving Pops audiences an opportunity to help program the entire second half of the concert they are attending. Votes will be tabulated within seconds after the voting procedure and the musical selection with the most votes will be performed that same evening.  Audiences will vote for tunes in categories such as “Favorite John Williams Movie Theme” and “Favorite Iconic Rock Ballad” and even “Favorite Bugs Bunny Moment,” showcasing the great musical variety found in the Boston Pops library of 3,500 exclusive charts. A “Kids Choice” Family Concert on May 16 puts the programming power in the hands of the next generation.

Friends of Music has purchased tickets for the last concert on Friday, June 5th, at 8 pm.  Tickets will go on sale for interested students on April 27th after the Spring break.  Tickets are $25 each.  Checks, made payable to “Friends of Music” may be given to Ms. Mianulli or Mr. McCarthy.  Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

GRADUATION: Sunday, June 7th

Graduation this year is scheduled for Sunday, June 7th.  Band and choral students will be leaving from the high school at 10:30 am to perform as part of the ceremony.


Open positions exist and will exist for Friends of Music, and we need parents to help.  Folks interested in learning more about the open positions should contact Paula Castner at nrhsfriendsofmusic@gmail.com  You are invited to attend our last meeting of the year at a local restaurant. More information will be forthcoming.

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