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Friday, April 11, 2003


Carlisle School Senior Band earns gold medal

Carlisle's Middle School Senior Band was awarded the gold medal for the sixteenth consecutive year at the annual Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) Concert Festival at Lexington High School on Saturday, April 5. The 76-member ensemble, comprised of students in grades 5 through 8, performed a difficult and varied repertoire, which included music from the Renaissance ("Renaissance Fair"); from France ("Marche des Rogations"); and from mid-twentieth century Russia (Shostakovich's "Folk Dances"). In addition to the band's clinician, Professor George Parks (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), the two other adjudicators who rated the students (on nine musical categories) included Ronald Sutherland (past-president, New York State School Music Association) and Dr. Gary Smith (University of Illinois). Professor Parks' worked with the students after their performance, offering them high praise for their efforts and worthwhile suggestions for improvement. They will not soon forget some of Parks' words. "There is no spell-check in a musical performance" or, "think of 'staccato' as 'Fillet of Note,' " etc. An overflow crowd of Carlisle parents, siblings, and wellwishers attended the clinic, and all were treated to an energetic, interactive, and musically enlightening teaching effort by Parks.

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 11. This "Stars at Symphony" showcase will feature bands, orchestras, and choruses from throughout the state which received gold medals during this year's MICCA concert festival. Tanglewood concert details will be available shortly.

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