The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 6, 2001


CCHS and Carlisle School bands earn gold medals at MICCA festival Next stop Symphony Hall or Tanglewood for C-C Concert Band

On Sunday, April 1, the Concord-Carlisle Concert Band earned a gold medal at the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) State Concert Festival. This marked the ninth straight year that the band has earned a gold medal at the event. This year 115 bands and orchestras participated. "This is a defining moment for us," Dentino said. "We had to overcome a lot of adversity this year to get to this level." Dentino cites missed rehearsals due to weather as one challenge the band had to confront. "This is really our state championship and to perform at this level for nine straight years is a credit to the students' hard work and to the support their parents and our school give them," Dentino said.

The band performed "Commando March" by Samuel Barber, "English Dances" by Malcolm Arnold and "Festivo" by Edward Gregson. The adjudicators praised the band for their skills, musicianship, enthusiasm and focus. Ron Sutherland, an adjudicator from Buffalo, New York, compared the band's performance to those he has heard at the prestigious Midwest Band Clinic held each December in Chicago. "This band is definitely at that level," Sutherland said. "You really ought to consider applying to Midwest," he said.

The band has an opportunity to perform at Symphony Hall in Boston or at Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood. The band is currently considering this option.

The Concord-Carlisle Grade 9 band and orchestra also performed at the festival. Both earned silver medals.

Middle School band to perform at Symphony Hall on April 14

Carlisle's Middle School Senior Band was awarded the gold medal for the fourteenth consecutive year at the annual Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) Concert Festival at Lexington High School on Saturday, March 31. The 77-member ensemble, comprised of students in grades 5-8, performed a difficult, all original program which included Grundman's American Folk Rhapsody #l; Giles Farnaby Prelude, arranged by Douglas Akey, and March of the Belgian Parachutists by Leemans. The band's clinician, Richard Castiglione (James Madison University), worked with the students after their performance and offered them high praise for their efforts. An overflow crowd of Carlisle parents, siblings and well-wishers attended the clinic, and were treated to an energetic, interactive, entertaining and musically enlightening teaching effort by Mr. Castiglione. Students and audience members will not soon forget the Belgian Parachutist/Castiglione swagger!

As a result of the band's performance, the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association has invited the students to perform their program at Symphony Hall in Boston on Saturday, April 14. This "Stars at Symphony" showcase will feature bands, orchestras and choruses from throughout the state who received gold medals at MICCA's concert festival weekend. Although the performance time has not been scheduled as of this writing, supporters who wish to attend should contact Tom O'Halloran at the school music department for details.

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