They can sing, they can play, and they know it!
We have one of the best music departments around. Now, I know I am a parent of a chorus and band member, and a former high school music maker, but it’s the truth!
On Friday, May 27, a bus was headed for New Hampshire with all of the best musicians from the high school. As we traveled, I was able to speak with a few students, and none seemed nervous.
Actually none spoke of the festival – they were too focused on the fun after! You see, first they play, and then they PLAY!
We were headed to Canobie Lake after. What is this place you ask? Think Rocky Point and you are there! Just the right size for our group!
When we arrived to the school, which was opened in 2009, you could hear everyone, even the adults, saying things like, "Wow, this place is HUGE!" and "They even have their own ambulance!"
This was all true, the school was beautiful! As we unloaded from the bus, we were told we would have to wait while some other schools went before us, but this was fine with our kids!
We made our way to the auditorium, took our seats and waited while the group on stage set up. They were tiny! I believe they were elementary level, and they did a great job!
Next was a middle school jazz band and they were AWESOME! The soul they had! Then our group went to the rehearsal area, for they were next! Off they went! I looked at my two and gave my best silent mommy "go get um!"
First up in our group was the band. They played two pieces, “Into the Raging River” and “Okeanos.” Both were done to perfection! And yes, I'm one of those moms who can hear the whole band play and at the same time only hear her child! (Well he plays the baritone, not hard to miss!)
I was the only one left in the auditorium at the time they played and had to clap for them... I wanted to whistle and cheer, but I think having your mom on the trip is enough embarrassment!
The judges shook hands with Mr. Healey and told the band how wonderful it was to have them on stage. He then told them what he thought they could correct and improve on. This was a treat to see!
Then another judge came, told them the standings and gave them an award… Platinum! The highest you can get!
The chorus was up next. They sang like angels! Mr. Simeone accompanied the group on piano. They sang three songs, all moving! I think we have 18 members, but you would have thought 38 they way they sounded!
My favorite was “Demon,” a very dark and fast song. I still have no idea what they say when they sing, but it sounds like something out of Harry Potter. I love it!
One of the judges went up to the group when they were done and presented the group with a plaque... Platinum again! Double platinum! Way to go!
And with that we were on our way! Not home, to Canobie Lake! A few hours of fun, then some pizza and a wet bus ride home (the Boston Tea Party ride was EPIC!) and the day was done.
Last week the middle school took the same trip, only with out me :( They too placed high! The band was given silver and the seventh and eighth grade took home gold. The talent is overflowing in our small town!
I ask that you all join me tonight for the final concert the high school will host for the academic year. This free event will be held at the gazebo by the Pier, and kind of near Memorial Square. Bring your picnic blanket, and your lawn chairs. This years weather looks good, but even if it is like the years past, you will enjoy it!
Mr. Healey is injecting some modern songs into the concert with pieces by Queen and Coldplay. You do not want to miss this!
Save me a seat! See you there!