Monday, October 15, 2018

Darien Day at the Stamford Symphony

Approximately 250 students, parents and staff from the Darien Public Schools attended a Stamford Symphony Concert on Sunday, October 14 at the Palace Theater in Stamford. Above, Stamford Symphony conductor Edward Cumming and clarinet soloist, Pavel Vinnitsky speak to our students and their parents in a pre-concert session for children.

The Stamford Symphony opened their season on October 14th with a tribute to Leonard Bernstein at 100. The program featuring the music American composers. The program feature the music of Joan Tower, Aaron Copland, George Gershwin and the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Registration for the Darien Grade 5-6 Jazz Lab


The Darien 5-6 Jazz Lab!!
This exciting opportunity is open to all students in grades 5 & 6 currently enrolled in their school Band ensemble, with exceptions made for a limited number of piano, bass and guitar students. This ensemble is open to students who play all band instruments, piano, bass, guitar and drum set.
Students will be performing music in the jazz, pop and rock styles and will develop skills in improvising and creating and performing their own original music. This ensemble will be taught by Mr. Colin Walters, band director at Tokeneke, Royle and Ox Ridge and members of the award winning Darien High School Jazz Ensemble as well as Music teachers from throughout the district.
This ensemble will meet every Thursday from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Darien High School, 80 High School Lane in the DHS Orchestra Room, F023.  Depending on the response for this opportunity, enrollment may be limited, so please respond by promptly returning the form below to Colin Walters, Band Director, Ox Ridge School, 395 Mansfield Ave. Darien, CT 06820, use the google form link below, or send an email to cwalters@darienps.org by Friday, October 12 in order to assure participation. The first rehearsal is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 18 at Darien HS. If you have any questions, please contact Colin Walters at cwalters@darienps.org  or Director of Music, Richard Sadlon at: rsadlon@darienps.org 203-655-3981 ext: 2329.
Sign up for Jazz Lab using google form link: https://goo.gl/forms/KTjaz9E1VyeY5cIh2
Name   :                                                                       Grade:
Instrument:                                                                  School:
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I understand that attendance at all 5-6 Jazz Lab Band scheduled rehearsals is expected and that I will provide transportations to and from rehearsals. (more detailed information will be forthcoming)                                      
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Monday, September 17, 2018

Darien Day at the Stamford Symphony - October 14th











Darien Day at the Stamford Symphony!!
Sunday, October 14th is Darien Day at the Stamford Symphony!
The Stamford Symphony has generously donated a block of tickets for their October 14th concert to the Darien Public Schools!  This concert is dedicated to 100 years of Leonard Bernstein’s music, which is also our Music Department’s 2018-19 Curricular Focus Theme We are offering tickets to this performance for a reduced price of $10.00 each if purchased before October 1st.  Thanks to the Stamford Symphony, our Music Department is able to keep 100% of the proceeds of our ticket sales to help to fund music programs for our students.
The October 14th concert begins at 3 pm and provides a wonderful opportunity for our students and their families to visit the Symphony and explore the magnificent music of Bernstein, Copland, and Tower, at the Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street, in downtown Stamford.  Virtuoso musician, Pavel Vinnitsky will be the featured clarinet soloist on this concert.
Please join us in the Upper Lobby before the concert, at 2 PM, for MusiKids, a 40 minute, interactive music education experience that will help children understand the afternoon’s performance and provide an opportunity to meet one of the orchestra’s talented musicians.  Also available is the pre-concert Behind-the-Baton program, a 30 minute program beginning at 2 PM, for older children (13+) and adults, presented by the conductor Edward Cumming, in the concert hall.

Order your ticket(s) now by completing the form below and returning it to your school music teacher before October 1st, along with your check payable to: Darien Instrumental Program.  Once payment is received we will send you a voucher to present at the Palace Ticket Office. We have a limited number of tickets at this price, so reserve your tickets as soon as you can. This is a perfect opportunity to support our music programs and hear some incredible music with your family.  Questions about Darien Day at the Symphony?  Call 203-655-3981 ext: 2250 or email RSadlon@darienps.org
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Parent’s Name_______________________________________________________________
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(Return to your music teacher on or before October 1)

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Music Department Explores the Music of Leonard Bernstein

Music Teachers throughout the district participated in a Professionl Development session on the "Music and Life of Leonard Bernstein" in preparation for the Department's  Curricular Focus Theme for the 2018-19 school year. The session was lead by musicologist Jeffrey Engel. Students in grades PK-12 will study, perform and celebrate the music of Leonard Bernstein this year, to recognize Mr. Bernstein's 100th birthday.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Darien Advanced Summer Strings Perform for Community Events

Members of the Darien Advanced Summer Strings performed at 5 different community events during their 6 week string program. The students performed at the Darien Library, Sidewalk Sales, the Grove Street Plaza and twice at the Farmer’s Market. The director of the Darien Summer Strings program is Jane Minnis. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Summer Jazz Workshop Students Perform at the Atria

Students participating in the Darien Summer Jazz Workshop performed their music for a very appreciative audience at the Darien Atria Senior Living facility on Thursday, July 12th. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Middlesex Middle School Jazz Ensemble Performs for Ox Ridge Students!

The Middlesex Middle School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. James Carter, shared their music with students and staff members at Ox Ridge Elementary School on Tuesday, June 12th.  

Monday, June 11, 2018

DHS Concert Choir and Tudor Singers Impress at Great East Music Festival!



Members of the Darien High School Concert Choir and Tudor Singers pose with their award plaques from the Great East Adjudicated Music Festival held in Springfield, Massachusetts on May 19.  The Concert Choir was awarded a Gold rating, and the Tudor Singers earned a Platinum rating (the highest designation given). Both ensembles are under the direction of Christopher Andrade.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Middlesex Jazz Ensemble Performs at Darien Senior Center




The Darien Senior Center was in for a treat on Thursday May 31st when Jim Carter (MMS Jazz Ensemble Director) brought the Middlesex Middle School Jazz Band to entertain with a lunch time concert.  The band launched into a jazz classic by Bud Green called “Sentimental Journey” featuring Cosmo Amatruda (Grade 8) on trumpet before moving on to other pieces such as “Mas Que Nada” by Jorge Ben, featuring Jake Dansker (Grade 8) on alto sax.  They rounded off the morning with a rousing number by Stevie Wonder, “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing”, with Jack McDermott (Grade 8) on trumpet and Austin Ennor (Grade 7) on tenor sax.  After the concert, the Darien students joined their enthusiastic jazz fan Senior Center audience for lunch and good conversation.



Pictured:


Bottom row L-R:  Paige Domenici, Katie Keating, Ryan Hoffman, Amelia Del Bene, Cillian Hallinan
Row 2  L-R:  Will Hopper, Bohdan Czebiniak, Nick Huffman, Teddy Peters, Dylan DeRiso, Charlotte Krueger
Row 3 L-R:  Luke Riordan (trumpet), Oliver West, Will Abbott, Austin Ennor, Khrystos Yika,
Row 4 L-R:  Cosmo Amatruda, Jake Dansker, Jack McDermott, Mr. Jim Carter (director), Drew Passaretti


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Darien Elementary Honors Ensembles Perform at Music Festival

The 2018 Elementary Honors Band directed by teachers Colin Walters and Krista DiPietro.

The 2018 Elementary Honors Orchestra directed by teacher Jane Minnis and Dawn Hanley.

The 2018 Elementary Honors Chorus directed by teachers Kathleen Theisen and Ruth Lettera.


Congratulations to all of the 2018 Darien Elementary Honors Ensembles at the Music in the Parks Festival at Central Connecticut State University on Saturday, June 2. The Elementary Honors Orchestra turned in a Superior rated performance and earned an overall score of 96, which is the highest score a Darien honors orchestra has ever achieved.  The young orchestra impressed the judges with their artistry, musicality, stage presence, quality tone and rhythmic precision.  The orchestra is directed by Jane Minnis and Dawn Hanley. The Darien Elementary Honors Chorus directed by Kathleen Theisen and Ruth Lettera received a 1st place trophy and was also awarded a trophy for the Best Overall Chorus at the festival.  The Elementary Honors Band, directed by Colin Walters and Krista DiPietro, turned in a strong performance and received an Excellent rating from the festival judges.

All of the students were rewarded for their excellent performances and fine musicianship by enjoying the afternoon at the Lake Compounce Amusement Park.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Hindley's Principal and the Pea is a Hit at Hindley!








Mrs. Kathy Knapp's third grade classes at Hindley School presented their version of "The Principal and the Pea" to the entire school, on May 31 and then again on Friday, June 1 to a standing room only audience of parents and friends. The performance featured the students singing, acting, dancing, and playing recorders. The third grade classroom teachers at Hindley are Joe Cahill, Julia Belmonte, Laura Coupe and Ryan Healy. Congratulations to the entire Hindley team for an awesome performance! 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Announcing Beginning Band Registration Night!!





The Music Department of the Darien Public Schools is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for all current third and fourth grade students to be a part of our award winning Darien Band program. All current third and fourth grade students in the Darien Public Schools who wish to begin learning a band instrument in the fall of this year are invited and encouraged to attend the beginning Band informational evening meeting to be held in the Tokeneke School Common Room at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 7th. This presentation will be for interested students and their parents in all five of Darien’s Elementary Schools. An explanation of our Band program, instrument demonstrations, instrument rental program information, and class registrations for this fall will take place at this time. All interested students entering 4th or 5th grade in the fall are eligible to begin Band instrument instructions. All students attending these sessions must be accompanied by an adult. Information regarding this opportunity for students will also be distributed to students in their respective schools.

If you have any questions regarding our Elementary Band Program in the Darien Public Schools, please contact the Elementary Band teachers: Krista DiPietro at Holmes and Hindley kdipietro@darienps.org or Colin Walters at Ox Ridge, Royle or Tokeneke Schools cwalters@darienps.org  or call the District Music Office at: 655-3981 ext: 2250.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Music Department Announces Beginning String Instrument Registration





The Music Department would like to announce the opportunity for all students entering grade three in the fall of 2018 to register to play a string instrument in the Darien Public Schools String program. The registration evening, otherwise known as “Introduction to Strings Night” will take place on June 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Middlesex Middle School auditorium.  The students and parents will get an overview of the school string program and will get an opportunity to hear and try each instrument so that they can make a decision as to which instrument they would prefer to study in the fall program.  Parents will also receive registration materials and information on instrument rental programs.
If you have any questions about any aspect of the elementary the string program, please contact your school string teachers, Dawn Hanley: DHanley@darienps.org   Dylan Spielvogel: DSPielvogel@darienps.org or Jane Minnis at: JMinnis@darienps.org  or 203-655-3981 ext: 2287

Friday, May 18, 2018

MMS Jazz Performs at WCSU Jazz Festival

The MMS Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. James Carter, performed at WCSU Jazz Festival on Tuesday, May 15. The students performed for clinicians, attended workshops specific to each of their instruments and were able to hear professional jazz musicians as well as jazz bands from other districts.

The 2018 MMS Jazz Ensemble paused for a picture after their performance and workshop at the the Western Connecticut State University Jazz Festival. 

MMS Tenor saxophonist, Will Abbott, performs his rendition of the Carlos Santana composition Europa.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

MMS Students Perform at Fairfield County Strings Festival






On Saturday, April 28th twelve students from the Middlesex Middle School Orchestras performed at the Fairfield County Strings Festival at Trumbull High School. The students prepared and performed challenging literature and were selected through an audition process in which chose 240 students to participate from throughout Fariefield County. 

Pictured above: Ellie Gaaserud, Conan Thibodeau, Chi-an Daugavietis
Students not pictured: Kaitlyn Murray, Helen Zhou, Daphne Konstantinis, Evan O'Rourke, Maggie Russell, Sydney Du, Michael Dong, Moera Kamimura, and Andy Lin

Monday, April 30, 2018

Darien Students Perform in CT Elementary Honors Choir



Four Royle fifth graders were selected to participate in the 2018 Elementary Honors Choir at the CMEA Conference at the CT Convention Center in Hartford on April 20. The students performed a variety of songs including some from Kenya. This all-day choral event was directed by guest conductor Craig B. Knapp and accompanied by Royle's Kathleen Theisen on piano.

Front from left: Cassidy Muscato, Reagan Little, Chloe Procopion, Courtney Haire
Back from left: Craig Knapp, Kathleen Theisen

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Darien High School 2018 All-State Musicians


Darien High School 2018 All-State Musicians

Seven outstanding musicians from Darien High School were chosen through a highly competitive state-wide audition process and participated in the Connecticut Music Educators Association 2018 All-State Music Festival. The rehearsals and the concerts for the festival took place at Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT on April 19-21 in conjunction with the state-wide CMEA conference.  The Darien students had the privilege of working in musical ensembles with Connecticut’s most accomplished high school musicians conducted by nationally renowned conductors and educators.   Richard Sadlon, the Director of Music in Darien states that, “These students are among the finest school musicians in our state and we are all extremely proud of their accomplishments and for representing Darien High School and our entire town so well at this prestigious state-wide event.”

Pictured, left to right: Elizabeth Garijo-Garde, Caroline Orphanos, Caroline Lui, Caeleigh O’Connor, Henry Domenici, Sara Baldwin. Not pictured: Isabelle Hole

Monday, April 23, 2018

Darien Public Schools Announce Spring Concert Schedule


The Music Department of the Darien Public Schools is pleased to announce their Spring Concert calendar. All of the Spring Concerts will take place at the Darien High School Auditorium, 80 High School Lane.  There is no charge for admission and the public is welcomed.  If you have any questions or need additional information, you can contact the district Music Office at: 203-655-3981 ext: 2250 or access the Music Department Blog at: www.darienps.org/music


April 30
DHS Spring Orchestra Concert at DHS
7:30 P.M.
May 2
DHS Spring Choral Concert at DHS
7:00 P.M.
May 3
DHS Spring Band & Jazz Ensemble Concert at DHS
7:00 P.M.
May 7
MMS Spring Choral Concerts at DHS
Grade 6-7&Viva Voce 6:30pm/Gr.8,Camerata 8:00p.m. 
6:30 P.M.
8:00 P.M.
May 9
MMS Spring Orchestras Concert at DHS
7:00 P.M.
May 10
MMS  Spring Bands Concert at DHS
7:00 P.M.
May 14
Hindley Spring Concert at DHS
7:00 P.M.
May 15
Royle Spring Concert at DHS
7:00 P.M.
May 16
Tokeneke Spring Concert at DHS
7:00 P.M.
May 17
Ox Ridge Spring Concert at DHS
7:00 P.M.
May 21
Holmes Spring Concert at DHS
7:00 P.M.
May 31
DHS Small Ensemble Concert at DHS
7:00 P.M.




Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Darien HS Orchestra Performs Canada Tour






The Darien High School Orchestra, under the direction of Ms. Jane Minnis, traveled to Montreal and Quebec, Canada on April 7 – 11. The Orchestra participated in a masterclass with composer Gilles Bellemare at the Conservatoire de Montreal and performed two concerts in Quebec. The students also performed at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity and were able to tour each of the historic cities.

A video of their performance at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity can be found on YouTube at:


Monday, April 16, 2018

Barynya Russian Music Ensemble Concert at Darien HS April 17 7:00 p.m.






Darien Music for Youth presents free Barynya Russian Music Ensemble Concert April 17, 7 pm at  DHS

As part of our celebration of the district’s curricular theme, the music of Russia, Darien Music for Youth invites everyone to a free concert by the amazing Russian Music and Dance ensemble, Barynya, at Darien High School auditorium on April 17th at 7:00 pm. Student posters submitted for the “Music of Russia” contest in January will be displayed in the  lobby of the auditorium before the concert.  Free tickets are
available at the door or from the Music  Office (203-655-3981 x 2250); at Crescendo Music (351 Boston Post Road); or at Barrett Bookstore (314 Heights Rd, Noroton Heights Shopping Center)  Don’t miss this amazing, memorable event!

Friday, April 6, 2018

MMS 8th Grade Orchestra Performs at Darien Senior Center


On Wednesday, March 28 fifty members of the 8th grade Middlesex Middle School Orchestra performed at the Darien Senior Center. The Middle School Orchestra is directed by  Mr. Austin Scelzo.



















Thursday, April 5, 2018

The 2018 Darien Young Composers Concert




Students in grades 2-12 from throughout the district performed their original music at the 18th Darien Young Composers Concert on April 4th. The students are pictures above with professional songwriter and composer Nicholas Wells. The young composers received feedback from him on their compositions. You can hear the entire Young Composers Concert at the following link:  https://youtu.be/7obTSVGkTYw?t=4m40s

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

DHS Tudor Singers Perform with US Air Force Concert Band




On Tuesday, April 3 twenty members of the Darien High School Tudor Singers joined the United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants Chorus on stage at the Palace Theater in Stamford for a finale performance of Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America.”  Here, the students rehearse with the ensembles under the direction of Colonel Larry H. Lang. Christopher Andrade is the director of the Darien HS Tudor Singers.


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Middlesex Musicians Perform at Honors Festival




The Music Department of the Darien Public Schools is proud to announce that Band and Jazz Ensemble students from Middlesex Middle School were chosen to participate in the 2018 Connecticut Western Region Middle School Music Festival. The students were chosen to perform in the festival based on their competitive audition scores and earned the privilege of performing in honors ensembles with some of the best middle school musicians in Western Connecticut. The students joined with other students from throughout Western Connecticut on March 16-17 at Wilton High School and were conducted by renowned conductors and educators. The festival is an annual event sponsored by the Connecticut Music Educators Association.

Pictured above:
Front row Left to right: Will Abbott-8th Grade ,Tenor Sax ,Jazz Ensemble, Ella Bates, 7th Grade, Alto, Choir, Luke Ryan, 7th Grade, Soprano, Choir,  Sophia Condon, 7th Grade, Soprano, Choir, Cillian Hallinan-7th Grade Percussion Concert Band, 2nd row Left to Right: John Raskopf, 7th Grade, Alto, Choir, Riley O'Connor, 8th Grade, Baritone, Choir, Caroline Zerbe- 8th Grade-Baritone Concert Band, 3rd row: Alex Sutanto, 8th Grade, Bass, Choir, Not Shown: Nicky Condon, 8th Grade, Tenor, Choir

Friday, March 16, 2018

Clarinet Master Class Boot Camp at DHS with Stamford Symphony's David Sapadin

Stamford Symphony clarinetist David Sapadin coached clarinet students from Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich and Ridgefield at the Clarinet Boot Camp event on March 14.

Middlesex Middle School 6th grade student Sophie Bickford is coached by guest artist David Sapadin.

Darien High School clarinetist Evan Tong performs for David Sapadin and the entire class at the Stamford Symphony sponsored Clarinet Boot Camp event on March 14.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Barynya Brings Russian Music Traditions to DPS Elementary Schools

Members of the Barnya Russian Music Ensemble performed for students at all of the elementary schools in Darien over the past two weeks. In the picture above they are sharing Russian Folk Songs, Dances, Stories, and language with the students at Tokeneke School. The full Barynya 20+ member ensemble, made up of singers, dancers and musicians, will be performing at the Darien High School auditorium in a free public concert on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. The Barynya performances are possible because of a generous gift from the Darien Music for Youth organization.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Stamford Symphony Clarinetist to Lead Workshop at DHS




Clarinet “Boot Camp” Master Class at Darien High School

Stamford Symphony clarinetist, David Sapadin, will be presenting a free, 2 hour clarinet masterclass “boot camp” open to clarinetists of all ages on Wednesday, March 14 from 4:00 -6:00 p.m. in the Darien High School Band room.
David Sapadin is an active freelance musician in the New York City area, having performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, New York City Opera, American Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and Stamford Symphony. I addition to his freelance work, Mr. Sapadin is on faculty at Long Island University-Post, Mannes College Prep Division, Montclair University and can be heard on numerous recordings of the Metropolitan Opera and Rufus Wainwright. You can learn more about David Sapadin at: http://www.davesapadinclarinet.com/  Mr. Sapadin is a Backun Clarinet Artist and his session is sponsored by the Stamford Symphony Orchestra. Teachers and parents are welcomed to attend.
 If you would like to attend this free, informative clarinet session please rsvp at: rsadlon@darienps.org  or call: 203-655-3981 ext: 2329. Darien High School is located at: 80 High School Lane, Darien, CT 06820

Stamford Symphony clarinetist, David Sapadin, will present a "Boot Camp" Masterclass at Darien High School on Wednesday, March 14 from 4:00 -6:00 p.m. in the Darien HS Band Room.


Friday, March 2, 2018

The 2018 Darien All-Town Band Festival


Elementary School flutists in rehearsal to prepare for their
evening performance at the 2018 All-Town Band Festival.
The Darien Public Schools presented the 2018 All-Town Band Festival in the Main Gym at Darien High School on Thursday, March 1. The concert featured over 450 Band students performing individual selections for their grade level Bands and then joined forces to perform a grand finale entitled “Themes from the 1812 Overture.” Darien School Band Directors are: Krista DiPietro at Holmes and Hindley, Colin Walters at Tokeneke, Royle and Ox Ridge,
Gretchen Perrett, MMS 6th grade band, Jason Polise MMS 7th grade band, James Carter MMS 8th grade band and Jonathan Grauer, Darien HS Concert Band and Wind Ensemble.  Seventh grade student Zoe Inzer designed the t-shirts worn by all of the students and                                                                                                     teachers at the festival. The concert was live                                                                                              streamed and can be seen on YouTube at:                                                                                                  https://youtu.be/H1Jc_Kk2k64

Elementary School percussionists from all 5 elementary schools
came together to rehearse their selections for the festival.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Darien High School Orchestras Present a Winter Concert






The Darien High School Concert Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Pops String Ensemble presented a Winter Concert on Wednesday, February 28. The concert featured the music of American composers and included many of the selections that the Orchestra will be performing on their upcoming performance tour to Montreal. The program featured solos by cellists Elizabeth Garijo-Garde and Emma Chase, violinists Catherine O’Connor and Emily Grandon, pianist Jack Lowder, and a penny whistle solo by Megan Cunningham. The director of the Darien Orchestra program is Jane Minnis.


Darien High School Combined Orchestras under the direction of Ms. Jane Minnis present a Winter concert program of American music on February 28th.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

DHS Tudor Singers Perform Pacific House Benefit with Javier Colon





DHS Tudor Singers and Choral Director, Christopher Andrade pose for a picture backstage with Javier Colon on Feb. 23.

Shannon Flaherty sings a solo with the DHS Tudor Singers for a Pacific House benefit event in Greenwich.

Javier Colon, winner of “The Voice,” joins with the choral groups of Darien High School, Sacred Heart and Stamford High School to sing “Hallelujah” during the 10th annual Pacific House “Close to Home” fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Friday in Greenwich. The event, attended by several hundred local residents and city officials, combined a dessert tasting, silent auction and youth concert to raise funds for the homeless youth program. Over $175,000 was raised to help support Pacific House young adult programs.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Darien High School Jazz Ensemble Places 3rd at Berklee College Jazz Festival


DHS Jazz Band Places 3rd at Berklee Jazz Fest!


The Darien High School Jazz Ensemble placed third in their division at the Berklee College of Music Jazz Festival in Boston on Saturday, February 10.  The Berklee Jazz Festival is the largest high school Jazz festival in the country and featured nearly 200 competing bands and ensembles from 138 participating schools from 15 states including Illinois, Puerto Rico, Florida and even as far away as California.

The Darien Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Jonathan Grauer performed three selections, “Lu’s Blues,” “Better Get Hit in Your Soul,” and “Whiplash.” Mr. Grauer commented, “I am very pleased with our performance on Saturday. Our kids really worked hard and it showed in their performance. This is the highest that we have ever placed at this Festival.” Darien drummer Anan Durango received the ensemble’s outstanding soloist award for his solo work on “Whiplash.”


The Darien HS Jazz Ensemble has upcoming performances at the Darien Jazz Jamboree on March 2, the Norwalk Jazz Festival on March 9, the King Jazz Festival in Stamford on March 11 and the Greenwich Ellington Jazz festival on March 24.


The DHS Jazz Ensemble performing at the Berklee Jazz Festival in Boston on Saturday, February 10.

The Darien HS Jazz Ensemble will be hosting the Darien Jazz Jamboree Invitational Jazz Festival on Friday, March 2 at Darien HS.


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Friday, February 9, 2018

Scenes from the Hindley 5th Grade Tchaikovsky Share

Hindley School was the scene of a 5th grade program based on Tchaikovsky's  Nutcracker Ballet on Friday, February 9 . The entire 5th grade was involved in collaborating and creating the production and contributed their individual talents to make the show a success. Kathy Knapp is the 5th grade Music Teacher at Hindley School.








Darien Day at the Stamford Symphony

Approximately 250 students, parents and staff from the Darien Public Schools attended a Stamford Symphony Concert on Sunday, October 14 at...