FARMINGTON — The Mt. Blue Regional School District music department has announced the upcoming March concerts for the district music performance ensembles.

The March concerts feature the combined district bands, choruses and orchestras from the Cape Cod Hill, Cascade Brook Academy Hill, Mt. Blue Middle and Mt. Blue High Schools.

Starting the concert series will be the Chorus Festival at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in the new Bjorn Auditorium on the Mt. Blue Campus. Included are the fifth, sixth, middle and high school choruses under the direction of Lindsay Burke, Mark Phillips and Carol Shumway. Concert accompanists are Kathryn Sytsma and Patricia Hayden. Also accompanying the choruses will be an African percussion ensemble featuring Mt. Blue High School students Nathan Backus, Eli Cohen, Noah LePage and Lucas Wooden. The Mt. Blue Voices and Chamber Singers will also perform.

On Wednesday, March 19, the district concert bands will perform in the Bjorn Auditorium at 7 p.m. Karen Beacham and Darryl Pike will direct the fifth, sixth, middle and high school bands. The high school concert band will feature three graduating senior percussionists, Nate Backus, Isaac Doiron and Eli Cohen on “Concertino for Solo Percussion” by American composer Jack Stamp. There will also be performances by the middle and high school jazz bands and Jazz Combo.

The Orchestra Celebration Concert will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in the Mt Blue High School gym and will feature all of the district’s orchestra students in grades four through 12 under the direction of Nancy Beacham, Graybert Beacham and Steven Muise and student teacher Sam Lyons from the University of Southern Maine. This concert will include performances by district-wide elementary grade level orchestras, the MBMS Orchestra, the MBHS Orchestra and the MBMS and MBHS Franklin County Fiddlers.

As is tradition, the Mt. Blue Music Boosters (a K-12 music booster organization) will be selling Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream for $1 a bowl after each concert. The ice cream social is to support the Boosters summer music scholarship program. Applications for the summer scholarships will be available at the ice cream social and also from each school’s music teacher.

Admission to all Mt. Blue Music Department concerts is free and open to the public.


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