As we enter the Spring season, the Fine Arts Department will feature events big and small almost every week through the rest of the school year. Scroll down to find information on performances and fund raisers throughout our district. Hopefully you can attend and support many of these events.
Winter Wrap Up
We’d like to congratulate so many of our talented students who just completed their 2015 seasons. The DHS Class of 2015 presented Legally Blonde for the Senior Musical in mid-March. What a fantastic job by all our seniors, Director Sarah Jaffe, and Mr. Nick. We have posted a photo gallery as well as a link to the cast recordings in the bar at the top of the page.
March was a very busy month for the high school Winter Color Guard and Percussion ensembles. Both appeared in New England Scholastic Band Association competitions throughout the month and finished their season’s with outstanding performances at the Championships. Winter Percussion performed their program, ‘A to Z’, and finished in third place in Concert Class A at the New England Finals at Dartmouth High School. Winter Guard competed in the Independent A Class throughout the season and had their best performance of the year at the NE Finals in Salem on April 4th. Congrats to all members and the coaching staffs of both groups.
The Spring performances started with a memorable night of music at the 3rd annual Don Heald Night of Jazz, held at Dedham Middle School on April 1st. Middle and High school students played a varied repertoire from traditional big band jazz to recent pop selections. Student performances and touching reflections on the impact of Mr. Heald’s teaching are always a highlight of this concert. Seniors Derek Jameson, Andrew Maher, and Gabe Straight-Rattet then led an awesome student performance of ‘House Of The Rising Sun’ as a tribute to Don Heald.
The Music Association of Dedham High School will be running two fundraisers this month. The Spring Recycle Day will be held on Saturday, April 11 in the side parking lot of the middle school. Click on the <-flyer to open and see the details. There will then be a fund raiser held at Jake and Joes on route 1 in Norwood on Tuesday, April 14. Anyone who presents the Music Association coupon will have 20% of their bill donated to the music program. You can print the coupon-> by clicking on it and printing it out. Please consider supporting these important events.
The Music Association supports programs and events throughout the year, paying contest fee’s for all our competitive groups, offering two scholarships to graduating students, and offering and organizing parental support throughout the school year. All of their efforts are greatly appreciated and we couldn’t provide all these programs without their continued support. If interested in getting more involved with the Music Association, contact President Mary Thakur at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students from all four elementary schools will bring their families to the Night of Folk Dance at Greenlodge School on Tuesday, April 14th. Music teachers have been incorporating music and dance into their classes for months in preparation of this annual event. Students will demonstrate group dance traditions from around the world, and family members are encouraged to wear their dancing shoes and join in.
The Music Association of Dedham High School will hold a meeting for all high school music parents and supporters in the DHS Band Room on Wednesday, April 15th at 6:30. They are encouraging the parents of incoming 8th grade students to also attend. Supporting spring events will be the focus of the meeting, in particular the Fine Arts Awards to be held at the Endicott Estate on May 11th. Please attend to show your support.
After school vacation, the two largest events on our calendar will be taking place at Dedham High School. The All-District Choral Concert will be in the auditorium on Wednesday, April 29. This concert features students from grades five through twelve and ends with over 300 students singing together in a combined finale.
The following week will feature the All-Town Instrumental Concert on May 5th in the DHS front Gym. String and band students from grades 3 to 12 will perform for family and friends in what promises to be the start of an annual tradition. Come and witness the many talents of our young musicians as they perform for and with each other.
The music department will be holding their largest fundraiser in years on Saturday, May 16th. Do you or anyone you know need a new mattress? Our gym will turn into a mattress showroom for the day and all are invited to come and find the perfect mattress. If you are thinking about buying a new mattress, please order through the music department. You will get a great price, convenient service, and support our music programs.