Joe Oneschuk reports that local Wayland resident John Inferrre donated his Latin Percussion instruments and Tama chrome drumset to the WHS Band/Jazz ensembles. Thanks, John!
Did you know…
Fine arts students at WHS can earn a fine arts jacket by participating in fine arts classes and groups both in and outside of school? The Creative Arts Parent Association sponsors these jackets in collaboration with the faculty for students who go above and beyond in the fine arts. For more information, see Fine Arts Jackets.
CAPA is funding or has funded master classes with the following teachers:
- David Lang, studio artist from Natick (http://www.davidlangstudios.
com/) will work with visual arts students.
- Steve Laven, Wayland cellist, teacher and composer will work with the cello choir, focusing on Steve’s arrangement of Beatles tunes for the Spring Orchestra Concert
- Brian O’Connell, retired music educator, vocal clinician/adjudicator will work with the chorus.
- Cynthia Meyers, Wayland resident and principal piccolo player for the Boston Symphony, worked with the Wind Ensemble flutes on Gustav Holst’s The Planets and tips on switching from flute to piccolo. She will be coming in again to work with the concert band flutes.
- Scott Crago, drummer for the Eagles, came in three different days and set up the new WHS drum set. He custom tuned the set and added some of his own personal recording studio patented devices. He will also be coming in to coach the jazz groups, speak to the new songwriting class, and is helping to set up a field trip to the Berklee College of Music to meet with the Dean of the Recording Engineering department for the new songwriting class.
- Mike Ambrozewski has set up the new WHS timpani and mallet percussion and tuned snares, toms, and bass drums. He will also be coming in to coach our concert band percussion on a special percussion feature entitled “Oddysey For percussion” by Elliot Del Borgo. He will also coach the wind ensemble percussion.
- Ian Carrol, local professional saxophone teacher and player, will be coming in to coach the saxophones at Wayland High and provide general woodwind tips.
In addition, Joe Oneschuk noted that he is still working on getting a low brass specialist to coach the low brass players and focus on breathing/sound technique.
Exciting news for string students at WHS: Orchestra director Susan Memoli is planning to take the Honors Sinfonia to an open rehearsal of the Boston Symphony Orchestra on April 12.
Parents are welcome, but space is limited: there are about 10 spots available for interested parents. Tickets: $15. Contact Susan Memoli to sign up.
This field trip is made possible through funding by the Creative Arts Parent Association.
Wayland Orchestra, Band and Chorus students participated in the Senior District Festival at Boston Latin School on January 5 and 6, 2012. See the complete list of students who successfully auditioned.
Congratulations to Ryan Budnick (clarinet) and Andrew Laven (cello) who qualified for All State! They’ll be performing with the All State orchestra at Symphony Hall in Boston on March 3, 2012.
February is a great month for music lovers and musicians’ families. Check out these concerts:
Monday, February 13, 7:30pm
Middle School Auditorium
Middle School and High School jazz groups will perform.
Wednesday, February 15, 7:30 pm
WHS Field House
Thursday, February 16, 7:30pm
WHS Field House
Bands from fourth grade through high school will perform, culminating in Bandarama, a piece that all the bands will play together.
The following theatrical performances will take place to celebrate Winter Week:
Thursday, February 2, 7:30pm
Alison Grimm at the Edge of the World
new WHS Theater
Admission is free
Friday, February 3, 7:30pm
A Wonderful Place to Live
a set of Winter Week plays in the new Blackbox Theater in the Academic Building
Donations gratefully accepted to cover production costs
Wednesday, February 1, 7:30pm
Main Stage of WHS Auditorium
Please join the Wayland Honors Sinfonia, Honors Concert Choir and outstanding small ensembles for an eclectic evening of live music.
This will be the inaugural performance on the Main Stage of the new WHS Auditorium.
Waylanders have come to expect a fantastic show from College A Capella, and last night’s performance did not disappoint. The Chattertocks from Brown kicked things off with a Katie Perry – Taylor Swift mashup, and the rest of the singing groups kept the energy going all evening. We heard everything from standards (“My Funny Valentine,” also sung by the Chattertocks) to folk (Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” from the MIT Chorallaries) to calypso (“Kiss the Girl,” performed by the “very serious” T-Tones and two “volunteer” audience members) to rock (“Grey Street” from the Madrigals). In a poignant moment, the Muses performed “Shape of You” in memory of Lauren Dunne Astley. They also donated CD sale proceeds to Astley’s memorial fund. The last group to perform was Yale Baker’s Dozen, featuring Wayland’s own Bobby Dresser — he got a big round of applause for his solo!
CAPA thanks the performers and everyone who worked behind the scenes to pull off another successful benefit concert for WHS Fine Arts programs.