Very interesting article from the New York Times. What are your thoughts on this article? The article is written with all of you in mind. Feel free to set up a NY Times account and post on the Times. Please post what you write on the Times here as well!
25 October 2012
25 September 2012
23 September 2012
For those of you watching the Pats vs. Ravens game, you may have noticed that they have a marching band! The Ravens and the Redskins are the only two NFL teams to have marching bands. Obviously, this performance medium is a huge part of high school and college football and music programs. Do you like that the Ravens have a band? Why do you think that Baltimore and Washington are the only two teams with bands? If you were to write a letter to Robert Kraft asking about starting a marching band for the Patriots, how would you try and convince him?
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19 September 2012
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01 September 2012
Edmund Welles "Creep" Live from San Francisco.
Are you a Radiohead fan? Have you ever thought of what your favorite tunes would song played on "concert band" instruments? You never know what you will find out in the musical world. This is what makes music so much fun and such an organic, ever changing art form. What are your thoughts on this arrangement? Do you think that the bass clarinet works well for this song? What instrument would you use instead if you were to arrange this song?
Posted by Mr. Ferraro at 15:33
03 August 2012
If you are free tomorrow, August 4th, come out to Lynch Park and support the Beverly Public Schools Music Program. Free concert from 12:00-7:00 featuring local and national bands plus our own Beverly High School student bands. In addition, if you purchase a $2.00 Music Matters Button, Salem Five Bank will match that and the proceeds will go to the music program in Beverly. Hope to see you at the concert! Mr. Ferraro
06 June 2012
An annual music department tradition, 60 Briscoe band and chorus students attended a concert last night at Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops Orchestra. Despite the cool temps and threat of rain, we posed once again for a picturesque moment at the Christian Science Center reflecting pool before the show. For those of you who went, what did you think of the concert? What was the most interesting, surprising, or unusual part of the experience for you? Since the evening's theme was the music of Cole Porter, how did it feel to hear some of the songs from Anything Goes played and sung by professional musicians? What was your favorite piece of the night? Did anyone pick up any nifty souvenirs at the gift shop?
02 June 2012
18 May 2012
here. It's hard to imagine a day when commercial radio was the main source for young people to gain access to new music, but prior to the advent of the Internet, stations like WFNX did just that. The station began in 1983, and quickly became a champion of underground music genres that couldn't be heard on mainstream pop and rock stations. Now that such music has become so readily available from places like Myspace, Youtube, Spotify, and Pandora, WFNX's financial losses resulted in an unfortunate decision to sell the station. Do you listen to the radio much these days? If so, what are you favorite stations and why? How do you think the Boston area is reacting to the news of WFNX's closing? Do you consider yourself a fan of the type of music that WFNX was known for programming?
04 May 2012
this Paste Magazine article. Have you ever heard of or listened to the Beastie Boys? If so, do you consider yourself a fan? Do you have any favorite songs? How do you think the public will react to this news compared to other major musician deaths of 2012, like Whitney Houston or Etta James? Do you think that Adam Yauch's passing will result in younger music fans wanting to learn more about the Beastie Boys' music?