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The Foxboro Music Association is an independent non-profit organization that supports the music groups and activities in the Foxboro Schools and promotes music in the community. Most of our members are parents of music students.

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MB Halftime Show

Footage of the marching band halftime show from a high resolution GoPro camera, courtesy of Foxboro Cable Access:

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FHS Choir and Orchestra to Perform with East Providence High Chorus

The choir and orchestra will perform Schubert’s Mass in G with the East Providence High School Chorus on October 16 at 7 pm in the auditorium at Foxboro High. Read more about it here.

FHS Voices and Strings Rehearsal, 10/6/14

 

FHS Voices and Strings Rehearsal, 10/6/14

 

FHS Voices and Strings Rehearsal, 10/6/14

 

FHS Voices and Strings Rehearsal, 10/6/14

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Keep Moving


Program Note:

Keep Moving Forward is a piece for combined concert band, orchestra. and choir. After the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Sam Berns, our collective grief pushed us to honor him through music. Thus, we asked Mark Miller to compose a piece that represented Sam’s life.

Mr. Miller astoundingly was able to complete the fantastic piece in a mere two months and we have had only about four weeks to prepare it. After extensively studying Sam’s own words along with our thoughts on Sam, Mr. Miller was able to truly capture Sam’s spirit and character in the work. In fact. the title of the piece is taken from Sam’s own words and serves as a pillar in his philosophy for a happy life. The tempo of the piece constantly increases, representing Sam’s “moving forward” attitude. The piece is joyful as we sought to represent Sam’s life. not the grief we felt in his passing. We even get to party a little. as Sam always advised us to never miss a party if we could help it. As a music department, this piece has helped us cope with the loss of our friend by making a piece of art that we think Sam would be proud of. We think he would have loved to play this piece, and in a way, feel that he is playing it with us. We hope that our performance demonstrates our love for Sam and reminds you of how truly amazing he was. We love you. Sam.

– The FHS Music Department

A Note from the Composer

I was not privileged to know Sam Berns personally. I knew who he was. I saw him at concerts and rehearsals. and I realized what his condition must be, but I never had any personal contact wit h him. That he was accepted and respected by his peers in the music programs was a given – that is the character of students and faculty in the department. It was only after his death that I came to know how deeply he had touched their lives. When Mr. Massey asked me to write a work in Sam’s memory, I started with his TED talk. He was certa inly fearless and eloquent. but not a poet; his words were not going to make a songful text. His ideas. though. resonated. in particular his adoption of Walt Disney’s unofficial motto “keep moving forward.” I spoke to Sam’s friends. and read some of the student testimonials. and it became more clear that his was an upbeat. forward looking personality that probably wouldn’t be served by a slow, sad elegy of a piece. As I remarked to one of his friends. I had decided not to write a memorial but instead to write the kind of piece I thought Sam might have enjoyed playing.

“Keep Moving Forward” is not a portrait of Sam or his condition. It is a piece of music based on his life philosophy, his enthusiasm. and the sp irit of inclusion and solidarity his classmates showed him. Since Sam’s determination to play snare drum in the marching band was so important to him that he chose to share it with millions. I made the snare drum (and the whole percussion section) central to “Keep Moving Forward;” the chorus for the most part gets to be its own percussion section. The piece never looks backwards; every change of tempo is for the faster. Ultimately, everyone is swept into the percussion section and everyone has a chance to be a snare drummer in a noisy call and response. after which there is a rhythmic. boisterous and loud celebration. I especially enjoyed a student ‘s comment about Sam that he was determined to never miss a party. I hope I’ve given him a pretty good party here, and that we can all revel in his own call to keep moving forward.

-Mark Miller

From the Foxboro Reporter:

A highlight of this year’s Pops concert will be the premiere of a piece of music commissioned in memory of percussionist Sam Berns, who died of complications of the rare aging disease, Progeria, in January. Berns, a junior who started playing drums as a young child, was an outstanding student, an avid sports fan and excelled in music.

The song, “Keep Moving Forward,” was written by Mark Miller, a private clarinet teacher who gives lessons to Foxboro music students. It is inspired by Berns’ memorable and moving speech last October at the TEDx Mid-Atlantic Conference in Washington, D.C. during which he describes his philosophy on how to live a happy life and to keep moving forward.

“This new piece of music is built on that idea to keep moving forward,” said Band Secretary Molly Ketchum. “It’s a piece Sam would enjoy playing. It turns everyone in the band into a snare drum. It’s a challenging piece of music that will be performed by the band, choir and orchestra simultaneously. It starts slow, but picks up pace as the song moves forward.”

Senior Brooke Dudek is quick to note, “It’s not a solemn piece of music, but more of a celebration,”

It usually takes at least a year or two to commission a piece of music, but all the students are extremely grateful to Miller for composing the song in only two months time.

The program for each performance will vary; however, “Keep Moving Forward” will be introduced for the first time to the public on Saturday evening and will be performed again on Sunday afternoon.

Read Full Pops Article on FoxboroReporter.com

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Mr. Murphy’s Swan Song

At the annual FMA Jazz Fest on May 7, Mr. Murphy joined the Foxboro High School Jazz Ensemble, guest artist Dino Govoni, and saxophone teacher Ken Reid for one of the most spirited and energetic jazz performances every held on the FHS stage. Hang on to the end so you can watch the twirling trombone!

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Bottle and Can Drive

The annual Foxboro Music Association Bottle and Can Drive will be held Saturday, September 14th, from 9:30 to 1:00 p.m. in the parking lot at Town Hall. You can drop off your returnables there or leave them in a bag by your mailbox. Music students will be driving around town picking up donations during the morning.

Parent and student volunteers are needed that day to help sort bottles and cans and prepare them for pickup by the redemption company. Come by for as little or as much as you can!

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Craft Fair

The FMA has been given an opportunity to participate in Indian Summer Craft and Vendor Fair on September 28th from 10am -3pm at 68 Mill St. in Foxboro sponsored by Creative Craft Shows. There will be over 50 vendors participating in this event.

All of the crafters/vendors donate raffles to the fair and the FMA will be selling raffle tickets for these items. The FMA keeps any profits made from the raffle ticket sales.

I would like to invite you to the show on Saturday to do some early Holiday shopping and support the FMA in the process. There will be live entertainment courtesy of some members of the Foxboro High band.

For more information, please vitis http://www.creativecraftshows.com/.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

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Cookbook Fundraiser

Hello Foxboro Music Members and Friends,

Foxboro Music Association Kitchen Masterpieces Cookbooks are  available for purchase for $10.00 each.

Please email huddlehous AT Comcast DOT net for purchase.

Thank you in advance for your  continued support of the Foxboro Music Association.

Dale Andersen

 

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MICCA Results

FHS Spring Concert, 4/4/13The Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) State Band and Orchestra Festival was held on April 5-7 at eight sites across the state, including Foxboro High School. Foxboro sent eight ensembles to the festival and brought home two golds: the Ahern Middle School 6th Grade Concert Band, directed by Ted Hagerty, and the Foxboro High School Concert Band, directed by Stephen Massey. Silver winners included the Foxboro High School Symphony Orchestra and Ahern 8th Grade String Orchestra, both under the direction of Cami Tedoldi, the Ahern 7th and 8th Grade Band, directed by Ted Hagarty and Donny Albro, the Ahern 5th Grade Band, and the Foxboro High School Chamber Singers. The Foxboro High School Chamber Orchestra, led by Tedoldi, was awarded a bronze medal.

Gold medal ensembles were invited to participate in the MICCA Stars at Symphony Hall program. The high school Concert Band, will be performing at the “Stars at Symphony” showcase at Symphony Hall in Boston on April 13 at 3:30 and the 6th Grade Band is tentatively playing at Mechanic’s Hall in Worcester at 1:30. Please back here for updates. These concerts are free and open to the public.

UPDATE: The 6th Grade Band will not be performing at Mechanic’s Hall.

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FMA Scholarship Opportunities

It is that time of year again for the FMA scholarships. Each year, the FMA awards music scholarships to enable middle and high school students to pursue music education beyond their in-school experience.  Scholarships can be used for summer music camps (such as SYMS, South Shore Conservatory), Foxboro summer music programs (Summer Instrumental Music Camp, Jazz Improvisation Camp), or for private music lessons.

Click here for the details and the application form.

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Musical Thought

"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." --Victor Hugo

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