High School chamber recitals are on Wednesday and Thursday, January 31 and February 1 at 7:00 pm at the high school. This is a perfect opportunity to hear great music and inspire developing musicians.
Winter Guard is heading out today for their first evaluation of the season in Salem, MA. They are on at 6:41pm. They will be at Winter Preview along with the percussion groups on Saturday, February 17. Their full schedule can be found at www.kingphilipmusic.org under ensembles/winterguard. They are WGI Dayton bound this year--good luck today!
Many thanks to the myriads of people who helped staff our Gillette Concession stand this year! Special thanks goes out to Mike Barb! Mike's son graduated many years ago. At the AFC Championships, he thanked us for "allowing" him to work with us. Allowing is in quotes because it is he who does us a great favor by manning the grill during the Pats season. He not only does the grilling but he basically supervises the food prep area. We are so lucky to have him. Special thanks also goes out to Shelly Hall who made sure gate lists got into Gillette on time and made sure we had the required staffing. It is also quite possible she worked 20 events for us this year. We haven't even begun the analysis for the year.
Mike is on the left. He is flanked by Yanlin Ye and Ray Paiva
Congratulations to Nick B., Griffin B., Andrew B., Nate H., Tim M., Olivia O., and Dan S. for being selected to the 2018 All State Festival.
Successful Saturday for the King Philip Music Program by Michael O'Loughlin
This past Saturday was a very busy day for the King Philip Music Program! The day had an early start when student volunteers came to help set up the school for the MMEA Southeastern District Senior Auditions. Each year, hundreds of students from all over Southeastern Massachusetts come to King Philip to audition for placement in one of several ensembles that will rehearse and perform in January at the Southeastern Senior District Festival. The auditions consist of scales, sight-reading, and a solo piece that the auditioning musician prepares prior to the audition. Students that score very highly receive All-State Recommendations, which allow them to audition for placement in one of the ensembles that perform at the All-State Festival. Many King Philip musicians were placed into Senior District ensembles, with several of those students receiving All-State Recommendations!
In addition to hosting the Southeastern District Senior Festival Auditions, The King Philip Music Association hosted its annual Marching Band Wrap Up Dinner. Students, staff, families, and other members of the King Philip Music community attended the dinner this past Saturday. The dinner served as a great celebration for a successful marching band season! The meal consisted of Mac n’ Cheese from Mac City of Franklin, as well as salad and meatballs made by band parents. Mackie’s Restaurant of North Attleborough donated rolls to the meal. The main dessert was a magnificent chess-themed cake, made by King Philip band mom Mrs. Lynn Desrochers. After the dinner was served, the seniors of the Marching Band were recognized for their hard work and dedication. Many of the seniors have been in the band for four or five years! Graduating seniors this year include Drum Majors Olivia Olsen and Phil Kaelbling, as well as Kieran Bannon, Paris DeCosta-Calzaretta, Sean Desrochers, Collin Glaser, Elizabeth Hall, Dan Hedberg, Nate Holmes, Bethany Murphy, Madyson Ricci, Alec O'Rourke and Connor O'Rourke. The staff members of the Marching Band were also recognized for the countless hours of hard work that they put into making the Marching Band great each and every year. In addition, the students and staff recognized the many band parents for their continued dedication to the KP Marching Band, and the KP Music Program as a whole. Their dedication and hard work truly powers the King Philip Music Program!
Although the Wrap Up Dinner signifies the end of the competitive marching band season, the King Philip Music Program has many upcoming performances! The Marching Band will be performing the halftime show at King Philip for the Thanksgiving Day game where the KP Football team is facing off against Franklin at 10am. On Sunday November 26, the King Philip Concert and Symphony Bands will be performing at the Wrentham Tree Lighting in Wrentham Center at 6pm. On Saturday December 2, this year’s Winter Pops Concert, “Holiday on the Summit,” will be held in the field house at King Philip, with doors opening at 6pm. The Pops Concert will feature performances from the King Philip Chorus, Concert Band, and Symphony Band.
King Philip Marching Band 2nd Place at National Competition!
On November 11th the King Philip Marching band traveled to MetLife Stadium in New Jersey to compete in the US Bands National Division IV Open Class Marching Band Competition! They placed 2nd in their Division out of 16 with a score of 97.100 (their highest score of the season) and won the Best Music caption award!
The title of this years show was "All the Kings Men", an exciting chess themed show featuring music from Stravinsky's, "The Right of Spring" and Edward Elgar's "Nimrod". The show included large chess pieces that were moved around the field to represent a chess game being played. The music conveyed the tension of the game as the pieces as well as the band and color guard moved around the field. The show ended with the queen of the losing opponent falling in defeat accompanied by a trumpet solo.
This second place win was very exciting for the band as they moved up a division this year from Division III to Division IV. The bands in this Division are larger than KP has competed against in recent years, which offered some tough competition for the band. Because of the band members dedication, hard work and commitment to the Marching Band program, they were able to bring home this 2nd place win against many great bands!
This year's band included over 20, 8th grade students, this was their first time traveling to Nationals! The band also featured a larger color guard than in past years, they doubled in size from 2016 to 2017! In addition to all the new members, the band will also be saying goodbye to several seniors this year as well. Many of these students have been part of the program for the past 5 years and will be greatly missed. Graduating seniors this year are: Drum Majors, Olivia Olsen and Phil Kaelbling also Kieran Bannon, Paris DeCosta-Calzaretta, Sean Desrochers,Collin Glaser, Elizabeth Hall, Dan Hedberg, Nate Holmes, Bethany Murphy, Madyson Ricci, Alec O'Rourke and Connor O'Rourke.
The show will be performed one last time at halftime for the Thanksgiving day game. Marching band will resume in the spring with "spring training" and opportunity for interested musicians and dancers (for color guard) to come and check out the program and see what it's like. For more information please contact band director Michael Keough at email@example.com.
On Saturday,September 23, the marching band performed at their first competition in Medway, MA at the Blackstone Millville Home Show. They did a fantastic job and are looking forward to a great season performing All the King's Men. Don't miss them at the home show at KP on October 14 at 5:30pm.
Kudos to the Sippin 'n September committee for an absolutely fabulous evening last Friday night at Raffaels!! The committee of Jeff Nickerson, Matt Glaser, Sally Grant, Maureen Cappuccino, Tara Spellman and Rachel Bremilst did an amazing job of decorating, lining up donations and getting a crowd of 160 strong. Many thanks also go out to Chris and Donna Roman, veteran band parents, who were extraordinary DJs and got the room hoppin'. Provo Liquors of Norfolk underwrote the evening and had many great distributors with various beers, wines and spirits.