Friday, April 8, 2005
CCHS Concert Band earns 13th consecutive gold medal
The CCHS Concert Band, under the direction of Alfred W. Dentino, earned its thirteenth consecutive gold medal at the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association's (MICCA) State Concert Festival held on April 1-3. The festival was held at five locations across the state: Bellingham, Greenfield, Foxborough, Hopkinton and Lexington, and over 130 school bands and orchestras participated. The CCHS Concert Band performed at Lexington High School on Sunday, April 3.
Participating ensembles are critiqued by a panel of three adjudicators from schools and universities throughout the United States. The groups are evaluated on their performance of required repertoire. The CCHS Concert Band performed Gloriosa by Yasuhide Ito, Army of the Nile by Kenneth Alford and Capriccio Espagnol by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The band was praised by adjudicator Gerry Dolan of the Ipswich Public Schools for its "complex and challenging program." "I would never choose this program!" Dolan said. He also singled out many of the soloists as major contributors to the band's success, paying particular attention to the band's five clarinet soloists (Melissa Andrews, Matthew Phillippo, Michael Johnson, Molly Crowther and Nate Johnson), harp soloist Rebecca Simpson, and Jennifer Zuk on flute. Other soloists included Adam Schad on horn, Emily Yu on soprano saxophone, Madeline Warner on oboe, Kathleen Walsh on bassoon, Ravi Ramanathan on trumpet and Christopher Ting on alto saxophone.
In a collaboration with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, MICCA provides all of its gold medal recipients with the opportunity to perform in gold medal showcases at either Symphony Hall in Boston or Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood. Due to renovations, Ozawa Hall is closed this year, so Mechanics Hall in Worcester has opened its doors to the MICCA "Stars At Symphony" gold medal showcase. The CCHS Concert Band will perform at Mechanics Hall on Sunday, May 8 (time TBA). The performance is free and open to the public.
The CCHS Repertory Band also performed at the Concert Festival. Playing on Saturday, April 2, at Lexington High School, the Repertory Band earned a silver medal. Adjudicator Laura Rexroth from the University of Massachusetts complimented the band's "refreshing energy, excitement and spirit." The Repertory Band performed The Bonnie Annie Laurie March by John Philip Sousa, Fortress by Frank Tichelli and In All Its Glory by James Swearingen. Mr. Dentino was extremely pleased with both bands' performances, but especially so with the Repertory Band. "In many respects a silver medal with the Repertory Band represents the best learning and the best teaching. The growth curve with this group from September to April has been nothing short of astounding," Dentino said.
Both bands, in addition to CCHS's two jazz bands, will perform at the annual CCHS Bands "Pops" Concert on Friday evening, May 20, at 7:30 in the CCHS cafeteria.
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