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.