Weekly Update – 5/31/16

Dear Parents,

Happy almost June! Man, how quickly time has gone. It feels like just yesterday I was sending out the first weekly update.

I have several items to bring to your attention.

Today (Tuesday)

5:30 – Tuesday Jazz Brass Sectional

6:00 – Tuesday Jazz

Wednesday, June 1

7:00 p.m – Chorus concert! Come support the choirs!

Thursday, June 2nd

7:00 a.m – Morning band

6:00 p.m – Thursday Jazz

Friday, June 3rd

5:30 p.m – Thursday Jazz reports for jazz night

6:00 p.m. – Tuesday Jazz reports for jazz night

7:00 p.m. – Jazz Night @ Crooker Theater!!

Saturday, June 4th


8 – 2p.m @ 7-Eleven on Maine Street

We need a bunch of help. I have created a sign up genius below.


This is a super fun, great way for our kids to raise some money. The weather looks stellar and it is always a good time. Please encourage your son or daughter to sign up.

*** In the event of Rain, I will publish something on www.brunswickmusic.org with information ***

Wednesday, June 8th

7:00 p.m. – Music Awards Night @ Crooker Theater – This event is not only for seniors! Awards are presented to kids from throughout all four grade levels. It is a great way to celebrate the accomplishments of so many of our students.

Friday, June 10th


6:00 p.m – Students report to Watson Arena in concert attire

– They will need their instruments!

– There will be no bussing from BHS to Watson. Students must arrange transportation themselves.

– Plan on being a bit early, especially if you want to park. By 6:15, it is zoo

7:00 p.m. – Graduation Starts

8:30 p.m. – Graduation ends

I believe that is all that I have for today! Thank you all so much for your support last week at the concert! I hope you enjoyed the hard work put on by our kids. They truly work hard each and every day. I feel so fortunate to have such a wonderful group of musicians to work with. Thank you for encouraging them to continue with their instrumental studies. They have been fabulous.

I hope to see you all on Friday for the jazz concert and then Saturday to GET YOUR CAR WASHED!!!!

Have a great week!

~ Mike

Parade Today!

Good morning all,

After consulting with the other 3 band directors and checking the forecast, we will NOT be marching in the parade today. Please pass the word. The two trumpet players who are playing taps on the mall will still need to be there around 11.

Have a wonderful day.

~ Scarpone

Date Correction/ Clarification

Good morning all,

Sorry about the second email. Apparently my fingers were working faster than my brain last night.

Here is the correct list of dates:

Monday – 5/23
There is NO jazz this night

Tuesday – 5/24
7:00 a.m – Morning Band
5:30 p.m – Tuesday Night Jazz Brass Sectional
6:00 p.m – Tuesday Night Jazz

Wednesday – 5/25
5:30 p.m – Morning band warm up
6:00 p.m – Concert Band warm up for concert
6:30 p.m – Doors open for concert
7:00 p.m – Spring Concert

Thursday – 5/26
Thursday Night Jazz Rehearsal 6:00 – 8:00 p.m
(This keeps the dates I Sent out a few weeks ago on the Spring Jazz Calendar)
Sorry about the confusion.

Enjoy your day.

~ Miek

Updates and Reminders – 5/18/16

Good evening all,

I hope this email finds you well.

I just wanted to send out a few quick reminders about upcoming events and some last minute details on tomorrow. Below, please find a calendar of events that are important for everyone:

Monday – 5/23
Thursday Night Jazz Rehearsal (due to Senior Awards night on the 27th) 6:00 – 8:00 p.m

Tuesday – 5/24
7:00 a.m – Morning Band
5:30 p.m – Tuesday Night Jazz Brass Sectional
6:00 p.m – Tuesday Night Jazz

Wednesday – 5/24
5:30 p.m – Morning band warm up
6:00 p.m – Concert Band warm up for concert
6:30 p.m – Doors open for concert
7:00 p.m – Spring Concert

Monday – 5/30
7:30 a.m – Bus Departs BHS for Memorial Day Parade
11:15 a.m – Memorial Day Parade Ends in front of Byrnes and Scarlet Begonias (this time may change if the parade runs slowly)
– Students MUST wear black dress pants, black shoes, and an orange BHS Band polo ABSOLUTELY NO LEGGINGS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
– Sunglasses will not be allowed
– The Polo will be passed out to new students on this day. Returning students should make sure theirs is washed and wrinkle free
– Students who do not adhere to the dress code will receive a 0 for the performance.

Tuesday – 5/31
6:00 p.m – Tuesday Night Jazz

Friday – 6/3
5:30 p.m – Thursday Night Jazz Warm Up for Spring Jazz Night
6:00 p.m – Tuesday Night Jazz Warm Up for Spring Jazz Night
6:30 p.m – Doors open to Crooker
7:00 p.m. – Spring Jazz Night

All State Reminders
I sent this link out a few weeks ago but it is worth re-sending:


The above website has the answers to ALL questions about All State for the students participating in the festival. I have attached the info for students involved in Jazz, Chamber, AND the All State Festival. (this does not apply to students who are just in jazz band and going up for the day tomorrow)

Some reminders for the jazz students traveling tomorrow:
7:30 a.m – Bus departs BHS
10:00 a.m – Bus Arrives @ UMaine Orono
11:00 a.m – Warm up at 101 Neville Hall
1:00 p.m – Tuesday Jazz Performance Clinic w/ Wycliffe Gordon for Music
Teachers, students, and parents
– Thursday Jazz watches clinic
2:10 p.m – Tuesday Jazz joins Chamber Choir – Bus Departs for Brunswick
– Thursday Jazz warms up in Neville
3:00 p.m – Thursday Jazz watches reading band
4:00 p.m – Thursday Jazz performance with Wycliffe Gordon
4:30 p.m – Bus Arrives at BHS for Tuesday Jazz
5:15 p.m – Bus Departs UMaine for dinner
6:45 p.m – Bus Departs Dinner headed to BHS
8:45 p.m – Bus arrives at BHS

Students need to be dressed in concert attire for the 7:30 bus. They MAY bring some clothing to change in to but it is not mandatory
They will need money for lunch and dinner (unless they are heading back at 2:10)
I believe that is all the info that your students need for the next week or so.

As always I hope that you are well and REALLY appreciate the support that you show our students. I hope you have enjoyed everything you have seen. I am very, very proud of them.

Have a great week! I hope your kids are looking forward to this weekend!!! It is going to be so exciting!!!!
~ Mike

For Tuesday Night Jazz Parents/ Students

Good afternoon all,

I just received an email from the Assistant Superintendent that ALL after school activities are cancelled today.

This, of course, means Jazz is cancelled.

Rather than lose the rehearsal, next week we are going to have rehearsal

Monday from 6 p.m – 8


Tuesday from 6 p.m – 8

This was the only place I could put it so it would not interfere with sports and other issues. I know there are a couple of games that day. We will work with it.

Thank you all for your flexibility.  With the Wycliffe concert coming up in 3 weeks, we cannot afford to lose any time.

Who knew, snow in LAAAATE April.

~ Mike

Weekly Update – 4/12/16

Happy Tuesday all,

I hope this email finds you all well and looking forward to a week spent with your kids next week!

There are only a few things of note for this week:

1) Tonight – Tuesday:

– 2:30 – Percussion Ensemble

– 5:30 – Tuesday Jazz Brass Sectional

– 6:00 – Tuesday Night Jazz

2) Tomorrow – Wednesday:

– 7:00 a.m. – Morning band. This was a reschedule from today to allow the Juniors more time to sleep due to SAT testing.

3 ) Thursday:

– 7:00 a.m. – Morning band as per usual

– 3:30 p.m – Jazz Combo 2

– 5:30 p.m. – Walkin’ and Swingin’ Horn sectional

– 6:00 p.m. – Thursday night jazz


I just wanted to remind everyone on the concert/ performance schedule for the month of May as it is a busy time for us:

5/10 – All Town Band Concert – 6:30 p.m. – BHS Gym

5/12 – Thursday Night Jazz at One Longfellow Square – 8:00 p.m. – Portland

5/19 – All Jazz Groups to Umaine for performance at All – State (more info to come)

5/25 – Spring Concert – 7:00 p.m. – Crooker

5/30 – Memorial Day Parade – 7:30 a.m – BHS

6/3 – Jazz Night (location TBA)

6/8 – Music Awards Night (not required)

6/10 – Graduation (REQUIRED)

Please remember to check the band website for calendar updates INCLUDING rescheduled rehearsals.

Performance Opportunity

Retired music educator and Brunswick resident, Bob Modr, has sent a request asking for some of our kids to perform with the Harpswell Community band. From Bob: I would love to have some BHS musicians play with our summer band.  We have begun rehearsals and we meet Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30 at the former West Harpswell Elem. School which is now the Harpswell Coastal Academy on rt. 123.  The sections that I would like to add to are:  clarinets (3-4), percussion (1), alto sax (1) Trombone (1) Tuba (1-2).  If you are interested, please let me know and I will pass along the info to Mr. Modr.

Finally, a note of congratulations!!!!

On Thursday, May 19th, the BHS Jazz program will be given a rare and VERY special opportunity to perform with Internationally known performer, educator, and composer Wycliffe Gordon. Mr. Gordon is has been named The Downbeat Critics Poll  “Best in Trombone” for the past three years (2014, 2013 & 2012) and Jazz Journalists Association named him “Trombonist of the Year” in 2013, as well as previous years 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012. He recently received the Louis Armstrong Memorial Prize presented by the Swing Jazz Culture Foundation, and was named Artist of the Year by the Augusta Arts Council.

In addition to an extremely successful solo career, Gordon tours regularly leading the quintet known as Wycliffe Gordon and his International All-Stars, headlining at legendary jazz venues and performing arts centers throughout the world. Gordon is a former veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and has been a featured guest artist on Billy Taylor’s “Jazz at the Kennedy Center” Series.

The BHS Thursday night jazz ensemble will perform a concert at the Maine Music Educators Association Music Conference at the University of Maine at Orono alongside Mr. Gordon. The concert will be open to all music educators from around the state of Maine as well as several visiting teachers.

Earlier in the day, the Tuesday Night Jazz Ensemble will perform a clinic with Mr. Gordon on high school jazz rehearsal techniques. They will perform along with Mr. Gordon again for all the music educators in the state to hear and see.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 42 of Brunswick’s finest musicians to play with a living legend!  Congratulations to the BHS Jazz Ensembles for earning such a outstanding opportunity!

I am super pumped for them. I will be giving more information as the details of the day are made known to me.

As always, thank you so much for all you do to support our fine musicians!

Enjoy your week. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you  might have.



MBDA Concert Info

Good morning parents and happy snow day??? Ice day?

I hope you all had safe commutes in to work. As I sit in the office at school, I know that I would have probably been safer if I had skates attached to my car.

Attached, please find all the info regarding next weeks MBDA Concert Band festival. As I mentioned last week, the MBDA concert band festival is the state Large Group Assessment festival where the band performs for a series of adjudicators and gets “rated” based on a state standard. It is one of the most important things that we do in the year. The results get passed on to the administration and school board.

To answer a few questions:

  1. Yes, the event is open to the public. There is a small fee to MBDA (I believe $5)
  2. It is at Scarborough High School
  3. I do need 4 parents to volunteer to ride the busses. Please let me know asap

Very quickly, here is the schedule for next week so you can finalize plans:

Monday, March 28th

This is an Orange Day!

Tuesday, March 29th

7:00 – Morning Band

2:30 – Percussion Ensemble

5:30 – Tuesday Jazz Brass Sectional

6:00 – Tuesday Jazz

Wednesday, March 30th

7:00 – Morning band

2:15 – Bus departs for MBDA (see attached)

Thursday, March 31th

5:30 – Thursday Jazz Sectional – Walking and Swinging Saxophones and 3rd Trumpet

6:00 – Thursday Jazz rehearsal

A HUGE congratulations goes out to Nate Granholm, Senior Saxophonist and 4-year bandsmen.  Nate recently was awarded the Maine Principal’s Association Principal Award.  The MPA Principal’s Award honors an outstanding high school senior from a member school. Criteria are; academic excellence, outstanding school citizenship, and school leadership.  Nate was nominated by Mrs. Crofton with input from other faculty. This is a TREMENDOUS honor and we are so proud of him! Congratulations Nate and the Granholm family!

Finally, I wanted to take a moment and introduce Ms. Rose Lawrence to the BHS Music Family. Ms. Lawrence will be student teaching with me over the next 8 weeks and will be working with your son or daughter on a daily basis. Ms. Lawrence is a senior music education major at USM. She originally hails from Manchester, NH. She is an outstanding Euphonium player (as well as an accomplished trombonist and pianist) We are VERY fortunate to have her with us for the rest of her time as a student! When you see her, please take a moment to say hello.

I believe that is all I have for this week. Enjoy your weekend. If you celebrate it, have a very happy Easter. If not, take moment to get out and celebrate Maine Maple Sunday. It is such a rad event that is fun for kids and adults. (especially if you are super inquisitive about the syrup making process like I am)

Have a great weekend.

~ Mike