Thank You – Tree Sale

Congratulations on an awesome tree sale!

Many thanks to Dave Pezzini, new band superhero (Head of the tree sale by day/ treasurer by night). He led the tree sale and managed a truck delay and snowstorm until the last tree was sold this morning. And all with a smile! You deserve a break!

Behind Dave was a group of dedicated volunteers and alumni parents who spent hours preparing, selling and cleaning up. Thank you to the students who showed up at 7 or much earlier Saturday to get the trees off of the absent truck. You were very patient and I know very tired. We couldn’t do it without you. Thanks to the people who got up on Sunday and said let’s go back to help.

A special shout-out to our new publicity maven, Karolyn Ormond, who stirred the Melrose public into a frenzy on social media over the trees being scooped up at an amazing pace. If you are not on these pages, let’s just say people have been posting pictures of their trees with “best tree ever” and “well worth waiting for the truck to arrive” notes.

Click here for some photos of the sale.

If you have more pictures, please put them up on flickr from the band website.

Job well done!

What an Eventful Weekend

Marching Band: You sounded and looked awesome at Gillette! Several football families have taken the time to reach out and tell us how much they appreciate the band and what an integral part of the game days/nights you are!

Middle School band member play participants: Congratulations on a job well done with Once On This Island!

AND FINALLY… Congratulations Charlie Stanton (Bari Sax player in your free time) on leading the Melrose Football team to it’s first Super Bowl win! We are all proud of you!

EVENTUALLY we will ask you to take your uniform to a specific dry cleaner to get cleaned (they clean the uniforms all together). However, hang on to them for right now just in case there is a football championship celebration.

Youth Band Starts Next Monday!

Hello Elementary Band Families,

Youth Band starts next Monday! If you haven’t signed up yet and plan to participate, please do, so that I can have a folder and music prepared for you at the first rehearsal.

Students can be dropped off at the main entrance to the Middle School. There will be signs posted to help them get to the Band room. I know that sometimes students get a little nervous about having to walk into the Middle School; to help with that, here is a short video that shows where to go.

There has a been some confusion about the time; I apologize for that. Here is the official correction.

Rehearsals will be from 2:45 – 3:45 pm

I will send out the carpooling info to those who signed up before Thanksgiving to allow some extra time for any who still need to sign up.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, and I look forward to seeing everyone next week!

Mr. Repucci

Youth Band starts the Monday after Thanksgiving

Hello Band Families,

Youth Band will be starting the Monday after Thanksgiving! All Melrose Band students with at least one year of experience on their instrument are invited to participate. There is NO additional fee for participating in Youth Band.

Youth Band Sign Up Form

Our first rehearsal will be Monday, November 27th from 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm in the MVMMS Band/Orchestra room. Rehearsals will take place every Monday [that there is school] from November 27th through May 21st unless otherwise announced. Students should be dropped off and picked up right before and after rehearsal. If transportation is an obstacle, please let me know so that I can help to arrange carpools. Please fill out this form if you need to or can help with carpooling.

Performance dates for the year will be –

Thursday, March 15th @ 7:00 pm – Band Night – MVMMS auditorium
Friday, May 25th @ 7:15 pm – Spring Pops Concert – Memorial Hall

In addition to the book we use in lessons, I would like students to also get the following book for their instrument to use in rehearsals.

Sound Innovations: Ensemble Development for Young Concert Band

I look forward to seeing everyone together for our first rehearsal in a couple of weeks! If you have any questions, please let me know.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Mr. Repucci

Thank You! MHS NESBA Competition 2017

From Mr. Repucci:

Hello Melrose Band Families,

I want to thank everyone – parents, students, alumni, friends – who helped out with the Home Show last weekend. It was a great night and everything ran so smoothly and professionally. Thank you to Joel Zimmerman for organizing the whole event! The Band played great. I am really happy with how our young group is doing this year! See you all soon.

Mr. Repucci

From Crystal Olwert (Bandaiders President):

Hi Band Families,

I would like to thank you all for your support in making our NESBA Home Competition a success! We could not have pulled it off without the help of our current band parents, alumni parents, students, and faculty! We had many compliments throughout the evening and even emails sent from band directors thanking us for such a smooth competition and for being gracious hosts.

A huge, special THANK YOU goes to Joel Zimmerman who has so graciously chaired this event for several years! You have done a wonderful job keeping things organized and going with the flow when necessary. You will be greatly missed next year, maybe you can come by and say hi!

Thank you all again!

Crystal Olwert

and finally from Joel Zimmerman:

Thank you for helping at the competition last Saturday. It was a great success due to your hard work. We had a wonderful mix of newcomers, veterans, alumnae, and students that pulled together to get all the various chores covered.

I received very nice emails from two band directors that I would like to share with you:

On behalf of the Everett Marching Band I want to extend thanks for a well run contest Saturday evening. Your parents association did a fabulous job throughout. Always a pleasure participating in this event.
Charley Poole
EHS Director
Your people did a GREAT job. They were friendly, and welcoming, and knew what to do and where to go – I never lacked for direction, or information.

Please extend my sincere thanks to the Melrose Bandaiders and the students who helped out. What a wonderful time we all had!!

Sue Densmore
On that note, I’ll finish with my appreciation for everyone stepping up and taking care of each task. I hope you had a good time wherever you were located during the competition. Looking forward to having more time to talk the next time I see you!

Joel Zimmerman

Community Service Opportunity for Music Students

Teachable Moments in Melrose is looking for instrumental music students who may need service hours or who would like to volunteer. They are looking to expose students, who are 3-5 years old, to musical instruments.

TM is located in the Highlands Congregational Church on Franklin Street, which is within walking distance to MHS. If you are interested in volunteering, the number at TM is 617-620-2785. The executive director’s name is Linda Dunlop and can be reached at 617-962-5053.