March Music Madness 2014
Once again a spring snowstorm didn’t deter the show last Wednesday night as Carver Middle High School’s young musicians delighted their family and friends during the Carver Music Boosters’ annual March Music Madness event. All proceeds from the night went directly to the Music Boosters’ Scholarship Fund and raised enough money to award four graduating seniors $500 scholarships. Two dozen top performances were given by soloists, duets, and ensembles comprised of vocalists and instrumentalists beginning with the Seventh Grade Band’s rousing rendition of “Rock Around the Clock.” As the crowd munched on tasty treats served by members of the chorus, a mixture of melodies filled the air ranging from Jamie Flood’s unique vocals singing “My Same” to talented eighth grade clarinetist Matthew Roberts’ “Clarinet Fantasy” and Nathaniel Singer’s moving performance of “When I Was Your Man.” Next pianist Ben Bonenfant accompanied All State clarinetist Casey Armanetti in a lively polka followed by a beautiful flute solo by Carley Ryan. Haley Dries then took the stage and showcased her powerful pipes in “Let It Go” and later joined fellow vocalist Tristan Marshall in a touching version of “Say Something.” The somber mood switched gears as the Crusader Big Band got the crowd moving with a well-rehearsed version of “Rock This Town” followed by saxophonist Evan Hermenau’s “Allegro con Motto” and the smooth sounds of vocalist Jess Rizzuto singing “Chasing Pavements.” Allie Guimaraes showcased her musical versatility beginning with an amazing performance of “Whiter Shade of Pale” on the piano and later with an upbeat trumpet solo. She also accompanied several singers on the piano including seventh graders Stephanie Flores and Kaylin Diantonio-Smith as they entertained the audience with their theatrical performance of “What Is This Feeling.” Next the CHS Jazz Ensemble took the stage to perform “Now’s the Time” featuring Brandon Walsh’s percussion prowess followed by the strong vocals of Alana Dunham singing, “Second Hand White Baby Grand” and eighth grade trumpeter AJ Macrina’s foot-tapping “Polka Militaire.” The talents of Carver’s young vocalists continued to impress the crowd as the night wore on with incredible performances from Megan Cullity “Your Song,” Priya Tait “Demons,” Katherine Hildebrandt “Sunday Morning,” Gabby Adams “Hallelujah” (accompanied by her sister McKayla on the piano), and the CHS A Capella Ensemble who delighted the crowd with the comical “Four-Chord Song.” Multitalented Paul Butts delivered a flawless performance of “La Bamba” on the piano then switched to the tuba and joined trombonists Liam Archer, Nick Falzarano, and Josh Goodman in a rousing rendition of “When I’m 64.” The CHS Jazz Ensemble rounded out the evening with two more crowd-pleasing numbers, “Cantaloupe Island” and “Chameleon.” The Music Boosters would like to give special thanks to the CMHS music faculty: Jeremy Teunis, Nicole Sjolin, and Donna Merritt for preparing their students for this evening, the CMHS custodians for their help with set-up and clean-up, CCAT for filming the event, Bruce Skinner for capturing the night in pictures, Shaw’s, Stop n Shop, Hannaford’s, BJs and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for donating refreshments, and all of the young musicians who performed as well as their parents who donated their time and menu items. For those of you who missed this festive night of entertainment, you can watch the replay on CCAT, and you can also view photos at carvermusicboosters.org or at Bruce Skinner’s website at hyperionphoto.us.