...in Music

Groton Dunstable Regional High School is very proud of its music program. For over two years, under the direction of our one-man Music Department, Tim Savoy, GD's concert band, jazz band, chamber choir, and chorus have come home from the Music Showcase competition with most of the first place trophies, and in 2010, the Chamber Choir took first place over hundreds of high school music groups up and down the eastern seaboard. These kids rock

GDRHS Spring Concert lit up the PAC

posted May 28, 2012, 11:04 AM by Kathy Icenogle   [ updated Sep 18, 2014, 6:02 AM by GDarts Boosters ]

The GDRHS Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Chorus returned from the Music in the Parks competition in Cleveland after all through groups not only won first place in their division, but also first place overall among all choruses, bands, and jazz ensembles. They were joined by the Olympics-bound Chamber Choir in delivering another crowd-pleasing Spring Concert, complete with a light show when Chamber sang the final song, Rosanna, by Toto.

Chamber will be performing next Monday, June 4, on the Grand Staircase at the State House in Boston.
Crank up your speakers and play the video playlist below to hear the concert.

GDRHS Spring Concert

Start the first video. Then, click the rectangular button on the control bar to advance through the playlist.
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posted Mar 11, 2012, 6:43 AM by Kathy Icenogle   [ updated Sep 18, 2014, 6:03 AM by GDarts Boosters ]

Expecto! Releases Self-Titled Album

posted Feb 7, 2012, 6:55 PM by nik jablonski

Expecto!, am alternative band composed of Trey Durst, Ben Icenogle, Tom DeNatale, Joey Dussault, and Blake Henderson, recently released their first album (self-titled).  This band, known for it's energetic live shows and multi-talented members (they have been known to switch instruments within the same song), has released and excellent debut and I thourougly look forward to their new songs and the next show.

Find Them:
On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/expectoband
Their CD can be found on: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/expecto

-Nik Jablonski

January Open Mic Review

posted Jan 22, 2012, 3:04 PM by wrightalbert93@yahoo.com

This past Friday night, January 20, GD students and alumni gave an astounding performance for all the attendents of the 2012 January Open Mic. The audience had the pleasure of basking in the presence of many phenomenal acts, including Soundscape, The Trio, Groove Essentials, Timmy Grove, and Alex Merlino. If you somehow managed to miss this amazing MHS event, make sure you make the next one!

Open Mic Tomorrow January 20

posted Jan 19, 2012, 3:15 PM by Joey Dussault   [ updated Jan 19, 2012, 6:48 PM by GDarts Boosters ]

The second MHS Open Mic of the year will occur Friday, January 20 at the GDRHS Black Box at 6 pm. For all you calender-less folk, that's tomorrow. Come witness performances from some of GD's seasoned musicians as well as some new faces. The point is, in music GD always delivers. It reminds me of something another poster here at GD Arts once said: 

"At least something can be said about consistency. There will always be the sun in the sky, the earth beneath our feet, and GDRHS Open Mic nights. So sleep soundly knowing... some things never change."


Tickets are $8, with a discounted $6 student price.

MHS Kicks off 2011 with new and old talent at Open Mic Night

posted Jan 19, 2012, 8:47 AM by GDarts Boosters   [ updated Jan 19, 2012, 8:48 AM ]

On Friday, September 30, Groton-Dunstable's Music Honors Society hosted this first Open Mic Night of the 2011-2012 school year. Check out these videos.  

GDRHS Concert Tomorrow!

posted Dec 13, 2011, 5:05 PM by nik jablonski

Come hear the award-winning student musicians of GDRHS at the 2011 Winter Concert on December 14 at 7 P.M. The concert will feature performances by the chorus, chamber chorus, concert band, and jazz band. The show may even include some holiday favorites! Donations to the music program are greatly appreciated at the door.

A PAC full of people enjoyed the GDRHS Spring Concert

posted May 21, 2011, 4:32 AM by GDarts Boosters   [ updated May 21, 2011, 4:59 AM ]

Hundreds of people filled the Performing Arts Center last Thursday to hear why GDRHS music students have swept the competition for the past three years. Every performance by the Concert Band, Chorus, Chamber Choir, and Jazz Band was met with loud applause and cheers. Many left the GDRHS Spring Concert saying things like "fantastic", "amazing", "Wow! I couldn't believe how good they are." Listen to thee videos below to hear for yourself.
Next year's concerts promise to be just as good. CLICK HERE to sign up for our newsletter, which wiill inform you about other opportunities to hear these kids perform.

GDRHS Music Sweeps Competition for Third Year in a Row

posted May 12, 2011, 8:09 AM by GDarts Boosters

For the third year in a row, Groton Dunstable Regional High School “music kids” and their teacher/conductor, Tim Savoy, returned from their annual music competition with all of the 1st place trophies in every major category in which they competed: Concert Band, Jazz Band, Mixed Chorus, and Chamber Choir, as well as the Best Overall trophy, which was awarded to the Concert Band.

After sweeping the competition at last year’s Music Showcase Festival in Philadelphia, and the Chamber Choir winning the overall Grand Sweepstakes Award with an almost perfect score, this year’s students chose to ratchet up the competition by entering the Music in the Parks competition in New York City. That put them up against 22 schools, including many larger than GDRHS, and some private schools that specialize in music.

Three bus loads of students showed up the high school at 5:30am last Thursday to depart for the competition. While they were in New York, they got to see a few sights, and attend some Broadway shows. A number of students chose to hear to some of the finest at the Birdland Jazz Cafe.

During the competition on Friday, each ensemble performed two pieces. They were judged on technical criteria including: intonation, rhythmic accuracy, technical accuracy, diction, interpretation of music, balance of vocal parts and overall performance. Everyone thought they had done well, but they didn’t learn the results until Saturday night. The celebration kicked into full gear back at the hotel, where the kids managed to get Savoy to jump in the pool. Parents mostly found out when Facebook was flooded with posts along the lines of “WE WON WE WON WE WON WE WON!”

GD Champions returning from NY competition

The two students who won individual medals were in disbelief. “I was not expecting that award at all... I was absolutely shocked,” said sophomore, Bryce Tuppa, who won Best Accompanist for his performance on djembe. He went on to say “The chorus did a wonderful job, and helped me obtain that medal.” Senior George Killian, who won Best Instrumentalist for his flute performance in the jazz band, also credited his fellow musicians, saying “I was in disbelief, because the other soloists were just as passionate for their solos. A key thing for me was the rhythm section. [Drummer] Jack Liebold knew how to work with me and make my solo sound great.”

Any student at GDRHS can sign up for the chorus or concert band class. So, having those groups consistently win regional competitions attests to the high quality of instruction in GD High School’s music program, which is taught by a single teacher, Tim Savoy. Students have to audition for a place in the Chamber Choir, which is the honors-level vocal class. Interest in Chamber has grown so much over the past several years that 40-50 students audition each year for the 24 positions in the choir. Students are also required to audition to join the jazz band, which Savoy teaches as an after school activity, because there is no room in the regular schedule for a jazz band class. He also conducts the Pep Band, works with students wishing to try out for the District and All State chorus and band, and works with Music Honors Society as after school activities. Savoy also allows students who are not enrolled in music for the spring semester to attend after-school band and chorus sessions, so they can participate in the competition. Needless to say, Savoy is dedicated to instilling a passion for music in students at GD, and in response, students are inspired to perform to the best of their abilities.

Trey Durst, President of the Music Honor’s Society, summed up the students’ view of the program, saying: “Music is our passion. It's how we communicate and express ourselves to our peers. At GD we are encouraged to indulge in that passion, which fosters relationships and character traits that will define us for the rest of our lives. I am proud and honored to be a part of this program.”

Everyone is invited to hear the GDRHS students perform their competition pieces and more at their Spring Concert on Thursday, May 19, at 7:00pm at the Performing Arts Center on the GD Middle School campus. Additional information regarding the program and GD Arts student activities can be found at www.gdarts.org.

2011 Groton-Dunstable Music Trip

posted May 10, 2011, 6:07 PM by Andrew Daigle   [ updated May 10, 2011, 6:24 PM ]

The Groton-Dunstable music program is ecstatic from their weekend trip to New York to compete yet again.  For the third year in a row, the music program has swept competition off of their feet bringing home virtually every award possible.  Competing against 6 other schools directly, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Chorus, and Chamber Chorus were awarded the strongest group in their own respects.  Concert Band was also awarded Best Overall group.  The school concert will be held at Middle School South on Thursday, May 19. Be sure to come and see all our students hard work come to life.

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