The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 19, 2002


Carlisle Middle School Senior Band wins the gold

Carlisle's Middle School Senior Band was awarded the gold medal for the fifteenth consecutive year at the annual Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) Concert Festival at Lexington High School on Sunday, April 7. The 87-member ensemble, comprised of students in grades 5­8, performed a difficult all-original program, which included Grundman's Irish Rhapsody, Fantasy on Yankee Doodle, by Mark Williams, and Sousa's Liberty Bell March. In addition to the band's clinician, Harry Owens (University of North Carolina, Charlotte), the two other adjudicators who rated the students on nine musical categories included Larry Lang, band director, USAF, Langley AFB, and Dr. Deborah Sheldon, professor of music education, University of Illinois.

Dr. Owens worked with the students after their performance, offering them high praise for their efforts and worthwhile suggestions for improvement during his thirty-minute session. An overflow crowd of Carlisle parents, siblings, and well-wishers attended the clinic, and were treated to an energetic, interactive, and musically enlightening teaching effort by Dr. Owens.

As a result of the band's performance, the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association has invited the students to perform their program at Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood on Mother's Day, May 12. This "Stars at Symphony" showcase will feature bands, orchestras, and choruses from throughout the state who received gold medals during this year's MICCA concert festival weekend. Tanglewood concert details will be available shortly.

Congratulations to senior band students and thanks to the parents for their support.

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito