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Friday, April 16, 2004


Carlisle School's senior band performs at Symphony Hall

As part of the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association's (MICCA) "Stars at Symphony" celebration, the Carlisle School's senior band performed at Symphony Hall in Boston on Saturday, April 10. This concert was the crowning achievement of an unusually active performance season, beginning with the traditional winter concert in early December. The CD of that concert was submitted to the Massachusetts Music Educators Association for consideration as a featured performing group at their all-state conference in March. The band's efforts were subsequently acknowledged with an invitation to play at the conference, and students ultimately performed a wonderful half-hour concert before approximately 500 appreciative music educators, as well as many supportive Carlisle parents. The featured guest conductor at the event was Carlisle's popular "resident conductor" Professor Bill Rowell who, for three days in early March, worked with most of the Carlisle School's approximately 200 instrumentalists, and directed senior band students in a concert for the Carlisle community on March 4.

Tom O'Halloran takes a bow with the Carlisle Middle School Senior Band after their performance at Symphony Hall in Boston last Saturday. (Photo by Marjorie Johnson)
The 28th annual MICCA state music festival was held on Saturday, April 3, at Lexington High School. Once again, the senior band performed admirably before the three judges and audience members before being awarded their seventeenth (sixteenth consecutive) gold medal for their efforts. This concert was made even more memorable, since students performed with a last-minute substitute conductor, Concord-Carlisle High School's bandmaster Al Dentino. Dentino stepped up to conduct on one day's notice, when a family emergency forced director O'Halloran to cancel. Dentino did an absolutely first-rate job with senior band members, actually meeting them for the first time as they walked on stage for the performance. His calm demeanor, professionalism, conducting experience, and teaching skills were both a comfort and a strong support to the 69 participating musicians.

As a result of that MICCA performance, students were invited to perform at a celebration concert of all gold-medal recipients from across the state at Symphony Hall on April 10. Students truly enjoyed the moment, playing their hearts out for hundreds of appreciative well-wishers, including Carlisle parents, family members, Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson, and other student musicians.

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito