Category Archives: Music

Brass band and family activities at MSH – 6/15

From Jean Mineo, President, Cultural Alliance of Medfield,


Dad’s Brass Band tubist Don Rankin joins Tom Duprey on trumpet for a recent taping at Medfield TV.

Brass band and family activities offered June 15 at Medfield State Hospital


Families looking for a fun, free activity on Father’s Day weekend can head to the Lee Chapel grounds at the Medfield State Hospital (45 Hospital Road) from 1:30 to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 15, to catch “Dad’s Brass Band” from 2-4 p.m., as well as lawn games that will kick off at 1:30 p.m.


In addition to the band performance and games, other featured activities include a community art project with Kurt Jackson and hands-on papermaking with artist May Babcock. Ruby’s Ice Cream Truck will also be on hand to sell treats.


Organized by the Cultural Alliance of Medfield (CAM), the afternoon event is a way to bring community members together to enjoy the property, and see the potential for future arts and cultural activities on the picturesque grounds. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket. In the event of rain, music and activities will take place inside the Lee Chapel.


Performers in the “Dad’s Brass Band” include Medfield residents Don Rankin on tuba, and Tom Duprey on trumpet. Rankin is principal tubist with the Portland Symphony Orchestra and Boston Ballet Orchestra; Duprey performs in a number of ensembles, and teaches music in Dover-Sherborn schools and at the college level.


May Babcock is a Rhode Island artist who works in papermaking, printmaking, book arts and art installations. She is known for incorporating materials from a given environment into her projects.


Look for further details on the CAM website, and be sure to check out the Medfield TV promotional video on its YouTube Channel

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MHS Jazz at Lovell’s & Blue Moon this weekend


MHS Jazz at Lovell’s & Blue Moon this weekend


The jazz will be flowing from the greenhouse and bakery!  Take a break from holiday craziness and cold temps, and stop into the colorful greenhouse at Lovell’s Nursery on Saturday, Dec. 10, or take in the warmth and great aromas at Blue Moon on Sunday, Dec. 11, to hear some music from members of MHS Jazz Band!  The students will be fundraising for their trip to Cuba in April. All donations are welcome; checks should be made payable to Medfield Music Association (receipts available on site).


Lovell’s Nursery (greenhouse) w/hot cocoa & candy canes!

Saturday, Dec. 10 – 1:30 to 3 p.m.


MHS Jazz performers:

Francis Brooke

Brigitte Cronin

Dana Cruickshank

Micah Grinnell

Nolan Melia

Joe Pagliazzo

Justin Plakias

Brendan Tormey

Jack Wagenseller


Blue Moon

Sunday, Dec. 11 – 9:30-10:30 a.m.


MHS Jazz performers:

Melanie Baime

Gavin Connolly

Julie Han

Kyle Infantino

Patrick O’Connor

Dan Stromland

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Angel Run – noon tomorrow


Don’t Miss the Angel Run!

There’s Joy to share,

An event to remember:

Get your bells and your bib

Wear your Wings, your Antlers or Holiday gear

It’s that Festive Time of Year!

There will be hot cocoa and Christmas Carols

Beautiful Bells and Jazz Ensembles.

You can walk or you can run

For 5K or ‘til you’re done.

Bring the kids, the dogs and Gran,

Call your friends and make a plan.

For Charity and for Fun –

This Sunday,

It’s the Angel Run!


Leanne LaBelle 2016


Join Us!  December 4, 2016 at 12:00pm

Jazz Night tomorrow evening

From the Medfield Music Association –

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MHS Jazz Band takes home awards — in time for May 6 Jazz Night!


The Medfield High School Jazz Band, which is scheduled to perform at Jazz Night at 7 p.m., Friday, May 6, took home several awards at the Music Showcase Festival last week in Williamsburg, Virginia, including “Best Overall Jazz Band”, “Best Overall Rhythm Section” and “Best Overall Jazz Soloist” awarded to junior guitarist Dan Stromland.


Over the years, the Medfield Jazz Band has had a long track record of success under Music Director Doug Olsen, a professional jazz trumpeter. The band also earned an All-State Gold Award in March, and as part of that top rating, the ensemble was granted a performance slot at the Hatch Shell in Boston.


At Jazz Night, Olsen and the MHS Jazz Band will have the opportunity to perform with guest artist, Berklee College of Music professor and saxophonist Dino Govoni. Also performing with Govoni will be three other jazz ensembles – one from the high school and two from Blake Middle School; the Medfield HS Jazz Choir – which earned a “Superior” rating at the festival — will also perform.


Jazz Night begins at 7 p.m. in the Medfield HS Lowell Mason Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased Park Street Books and the Medfield branch of Needham Bank ($10 adults, $5 children/students). Tickets can also be purchased online at, or at the door. Jazz Night proceeds support the entire Medfield Music Program across orchestra, choir and band, as well as general music education at the elementary level.


This is the fifth year Needham Bank has been the presenting sponsor of Jazz Night, and it is especially proud to support the concert in celebration of Medfield recently earning the “Best Communities for Music Education” designation from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation – one of just 476 school districts nationwide to receive the distinction.

Singing for your supper tonight at Italian Groceria

From the Medfield Music Association –

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For TONIGHT, Tuesday, Feb. 2 – if anyone is interested in a unique sit-in or takeout dinner experience, more than a dozen Medfield HS and Blake Middle School vocalists will be at Italian Groceria from about 5:45 until almost 7 p.m. tonight practicing their songs for the Sing Off event this Thursday, Feb. 4, in the high school auditorium. The Medfield Music Association receives 30 percent from all Italian Groceria sales between 5 and 8 p.m. tonight. Eligible purchases include gift cards.

For full details about Italian Groceria tonight (including the singer line up), plus the Sing Off on Thursday, check out today’s Patch:





Alumni Jam this Saturday at 7PM

Bob Meany and Mark Fisher return to the MHS stage for Alumni Jam this Saturday, Jan. 9! 

(photo on right is Mark while at MHS)

Selectman Mark Fisher likes to joke that when he and Police Chief Bob Meaney were in the band together at Medfield High School, Bob sat behind him with his sousaphone causing trouble, while he was the “good kid” on saxophone and clarinet. While Mark and Bob won’t be playing their old instruments at the Alumni Jam, this Saturday, Jan. 9, in the Medfield High School auditorium, they will be reunited on stage as emcees for the community event to benefit the Lowell Mason House.


The event starts at 7 p.m., and throughout the evening you can be sure to hear a lot more bantering between the two former band mates/current town officials, in addition to hearing great music from nearly 25 MHS alumni from across band, orchestra, choir and jazz ensembles representing a range of graduating classes from 1984 through 2015.


Our musicians include Essentially Ellington and Mingus jazz players, All-State and Gold medal Orchestra and Band recipients, students leading college orchestras and a cappella groups, Berklee College of Music students, and many other alumni who are either actively engaged in music in college, or working in the field. Music Director Doug Olsen will also be performing on trumpet, and we’ll also have some current students joining in. Also directing will be alumni Keith Curbow and Nick DeSantis.


All proceeds from the Alumni Jam benefit the Lowell Mason House to help it realize its vision of being a nationally recognized cultural hub, and an active, artistic venue in our town of Medfield for educators and music aficionados nationwide — as well as for our own community.


Alumni Jam tickets are on sale now at Park Street Books, Rock ‘N Roll Rib Joint, and Keith Curbow Studio. Tickets are $10 for regular adult admission, and $5 for students and senior citizens; $10 tickets are also available online at You can also pay at the door.


The event is sponsored by the Medfield Music Association in partnership with the Medfield High School Alumni Association.



MMA wreaths at football game

From the Medfield Music Association –

Going to the football game tonight? Wreath orders taken to benefit music


This is a festival trip year for more than 150 Medfield High School music students across band, orchestra and concert choir, and Medfield Music Association has launched its annual holiday wreath sale once again to help raise funds for trip scholarships. Many residents and businesses take advantage of the wreath sale to get a jump on their holiday decorating while also supporting Medfield music students.


Wreath sales also benefit Blake Middle School students who participate in the annual Six Flags music festival trip. Both the Blake and MHS trips are in the spring.


Anyone interested in placing an order for holiday wreaths can do so at the Warriors football game tonight, 11/13, at Medfield High School (as well as by mail). The deadline to order wreaths is Friday, Nov. 20. Wreaths are $20 each, and buyers have two bow color options. Wreaths will be delivered to homes and businesses on Saturday, Nov. 28.  To obtain an order form, go to the home page of or to the school “Thursday packet” at


For more than 20 years, Medfield High School music ensembles have earned numerous awards from the biennial festival trip in recognition of their outstanding performances. Pending school committee approval, this year the trip destination is Williamsburg/Virginia Beach, with the students slated to leave April 28 and return May 1, 2016.

My first letter to the editor

Hi Pete – I was one of several music parents that signed a letter to the editor that appeared in the paper today. But for some reason, this fact: that 1/3 to 1/2 of Dale Street music students are missing from ensembles, was removed from the letter prior to publication (real data exists to back the statement up). Members of our Medfield community need to know how that the Dale Street music program – which feeds into our award-winning Blake and MHS music program — has already been negatively impacted by the pilot that was hastily rolled out this year. If the rate of music students missing from Dale Street ensembles continues, the future of our award-winning Medfield Music Program is at risk. If you can help with setting the record straight, I’d appreciate it. Thanks, Chris McCue Potts


Preserving our musical legacy – a letter to the editor: 

Since the days of Lowell Mason, the father of music education born in Medfield, generations of music educators, performers and professionals have followed him and called Medfield home.

In addition to our award-winning school ensembles, today Medfield has alumni and residents associated with prominent institutions like Metropolitan Opera, American Repertory Theater, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Boston Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory and Boston Ballet.

One can compare Medfield’s rich musical legacy to a historically significant home that needs to be protected from neglect so that it continues to contribute to town pride and character. But that’s easier said than done. Our music program was decimated about 25 years ago after music was pulled out of the school day – to the point that our MHS marching band had just 18 students (vs. 70 today). It took a Herculean effort to put music back in the school day, followed by 12-15 years of teacher dedication, volunteer efforts and community fundraising to restore the program to an acceptable level.

It’s not coincidental that Medfield’s high academic rankings and musical success have been on parallel paths since the full rollout of MCAS in 1999. The combination of strong academics, the arts, athletics, citizenship and cultural initiatives, has been providing the well-rounded education that families want, and is sought after by top colleges and employers.

But surprisingly, history is beginning to repeat itself. This past September, a pilot was launched under the radar that pulled 4th and 5th grade band, chorus and orchestra ensembles out of the school day impacting more than 320 children. The students now need to show up at 7:30 a.m. 1-2x a week placing a burden on many children and parents. On any given day, 1/2 to 1/3 of students are missing from their ensembles, and many children have dropped out entirely from the music program because of the early-morning start.

If Medfield continues to lose music students at the current accelerated rate, five years from now we will not have a sufficient number of children in the program to justify current levels of staffing, and future generations will be deprived of all the benefits that a Medfield music education now provides. Parents who only have elementary school-aged children (or younger) don’t know what’s truly at stake.

We know from research and alumni feedback that ensemble practices give children a greater sense of acceptance and community, help to relieve stress, teach students critical thinking, and improve students’ ability to focus and retain information. The ensembles also allow students to see that music could be a serious endeavor – even something they might pursue professionally one day – just like Lowell Mason, and everyone else who has followed after him.

A Boston College emeritus professor and three consultants (all associated with Sudbury schools) have been hired to conduct an evaluation of the Dale Street music pilot at a cost of $6,000, but the evaluation plan does not include capturing input from the community at large.

Town leaders, long-time residents, veterans, realtors, and many others have all said that the Medfield Music Program is a source of great community pride, yet it will continue to decay if something isn’t done soon to address the loss of student participation from music ensembles. Please join us in helping to protect Medfield’s rich music heritage at the very place where it takes root:  Dale Street School.

The easiest way to voice your support is by sending a note to by May 20 and it will be forwarded to school administrators, staff and consultants involved with evaluating the music pilot.


Medfield Music Parents:

Chris McCue Potts

Maria Baler

Sherri Goldman

Fran Pericles

Kathy Loranger

Marybeth Wagenseller

Barb FitzPatrick

Holly Mahoney

Moxie Strings concert 3/19 at MHS

From the Medfield Music Association –

The Moxie Strings to perform in Medfield


The nationally known music of The Moxie Strings is coming to Medfield for a special performance from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 19 in the MHS Lowell Mason Auditorium.


Tickets for The Moxie Strings are on sale at Park Street Books — $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens; they are also available online at


The trio – known for its “electrifying combination” of a fiddler, cellist and drummer/percussionist – will travel from Michigan to perform for the Medfield community and conduct day-time clinics for Medfield orchestra students.


“This is a unique opportunity to see a nationally known music group right here in Medfield. Fans of live music will not want to miss it. Prior to the concert our music students will be treated to valuable hands-on learning from the nationally acclaimed act,” said Brenna Hayden, Orchestra Director for Medfield Public Schools.


The Moxie Strings consists of fiddler, Diana Ladio; cellist, Alison Lynn; and drummer/percussionist Fritz McGirr. They are known for their “feel-good melodies and foot-stomping, rock-influenced rhythms”, and their ability to put a fresh and enticing spin on Celtic and Americana music.


Ladio, Lynn and McGirr hold Bachelor of Music degrees in music performance and music education, which have given each the technical foundation to explore the limits of his/her instrument, and helped the group build a reputation for musical excellence. The Moxie Strings write the majority of their pieces, and also arrange traditional tunes from many countries.


The Moxie Strings have taught enrichment clinics in over 60 schools throughout the U.S., and have also presented on their research and methodologies to many teachers at music education professional development conferences. Through their clinics Ladio and Lunn aim to create equipped creative well rounded musicians.


The Moxie Strings event is supported in part by a grant from the Medfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. The Medfield Music Association is also helping to sponsor the program.

Free concert at UCC Saturday at 7PM

Email today from David Domeshek –

Wanted to let you know about a fun concert in Medfield this Saturday at 7pm, featuring some really good musicians playing an “eclectic” program of pop, R&B, “great American songbook” standards, gospel and blues. Heidi Willson, a wonderful singer, will front a 9-piece band comprising professional musicians — oh yes, and me (the amateur who’s in way over his head!) — many of whom Heidi knows from her days in the U.S. Navy Band (no slouch outfit).


The concert begins at 7pm sharp in the sanctuary at UCC Medfield (496 Main Street – Rte. 109), and will run about an hour. Best of all, it’s FREE.


If you’re around and available, hope to see you there!


-David Domeshek
(508) 873-7068