CMS Band Performs Two World Premier Pieces

CMS Band Performs Two World Premier Pieces

Written Especially for CMS by Award Winning Composer Tyler S. Grant

This year the Concord Middle School (CMS) Band’s Spring Concert included the premier of two original works, written especially for CMS by composer Tyler S. Grant, a 20-year old, award winning composer/conductor whose work has been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Macy’s Day Parade, and (as of June 9th) Concord-Carlisle High School.

Mr. Grant’s commission was made possible by a grant from the Concord Education Fund (CEF) submitted by band directors Christopher Noce and Paul Halpainy. According to Mr. Halpainy, “We reached out to Tyler to compose two works – one for the 6th grade band and one for the 7th and 8th grade band – that were connected thematically to each other, to Concord’s rich history, and to the student performers coming of age as they progress through middle school.”

The 6th grade band performed the work entitled From the Concord Chronicles, an energetic piece inspired by an historical April morning in Concord that culminated with what Emerson called, “the shot heard round the world.” It purposefully captures many different styles, allowing 6th grade performers to move from a soft, almost ominous opening to a fast, frantic, resounding conclusion.

The 7th and 8th grade band performed Resplendent Light, a moving, lyrical piece inspired by Thoreau’s On Walden Pond and a personal loss suffered by the composer. Begun the day he learned that his grandfather passed away, Grant found it fitting that Resplendent Light premiered on what would have been his grandfather’s 80th birthday. Introducing the piece, Mr. Grant went on to note, “One of the reasons that I support music education as much as I do is for its social value. It’s an activity that allows young musicians to come together and experience some joy in a world that really needs it.”

Prior to the concert, Grant worked directly with the students to fine-tune their interpretation of each piece before conducting them through the premier performances. He concluded his remarks at the concert by complimenting the students, the band directors and especially the Concord parent community for its enthusiastic support of music education. According to Grant, “The commissioning of two original pieces in one year is rare, but that both were commissioned by a middle school is extraordinary.”

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Concord Education Fund Announces 2016 Grant Awards

Concord Education Fund Announces 2016 Grant Awards

Challenge Kits, Audiobooks, Mindfulness, Filmmaking & a Weather Balloon!

The Concord Education Fund, (CEF), an independent organization supporting the pursuit of excellence in the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle High School, has announced grant recipients for 2016-2017. 

This year saw a record number of grant applications originating from every Concord public school and Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS), with funding being awarded to grants that will benefit students at every age level and in a variety of academic areas. Highlights include:

  • Challenge Kits from the Museum of Science to complement elementary school work in units focusing on Earth & Space and Earth Science & Engineering
  • New Audiobooks and Interactive eBooks to support young ELL and SPED students
  • Mindfulness practices currently introduced and developed in elementary school extended to middle school
  • Tablets and online resources to help CMS students master Chinese characters
  • Sophisticated camera and sound equipment to support a new CCHS course in advanced filmmaking
  • A STEM Weather Balloon able to report weather data, video, and GPS coordinates from the stratosphere!
  • Equipment required for the establishment of a new Percussion Ensemble that will provide students across both CPS and CCRSD with a unique opportunity to perform

According to CEF co-president Judy Vaughn, “This year we had the luxury to fund 17 grants due entirely to the generosity of our contributors.  We’re very grateful for the donations we receive from both individual families, as well as corporate and foundation partners. By supporting the Ed Fund, they know they are supporting the incredible commitment and creativity of our teachers clearly evident in this year’s grant cycle. Fellow co-president Tracey Marano added, “It’s always rewarding to help our teachers to realize their visions. We encourage all CPS and CCHS educators to learn more about our grant criteria and work with us to transform their ideas into reality.”

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