Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Does your child play an instrument?

Is your child looking for new challenges? Please see the below invitation from Holy Cross:

The College of the Holy Cross Band Program is pleased to announce that we will once again be opening up membership in our Spring Symphonic Band to members of the Worcester community. Do you have a high school aged child that plays a brass, woodwind, or percussion instrument? Perhaps you yourself are a musician looking to find a new ensemble in which to play? New members are now being accepted, and the group's next rehearsal will be held on Wednesday, March 12th at 6pm in the Hogan Campus Center at College of the Holy Cross.
I will be frank: This journey is not an easy undertaking. The musical selections that have been chosen represent a wide variety of musical styles and themes, and will require students to put much individual practice time into their music in order to excel. Should students choose to join this ensemble, they will find themselves accountable not to a Director, but to themselves; In order to truly succeed, they must learn to identify where they are having difficulty, seek out assistance from instructional staff, and be prepared to say “am I doing my very best?” It is my fervent belief that it is this combination of high-expectations and individual-accountability that leads our students to report year-after-year that being a member of the Holy Cross Band Program was one of the greatest decisions they ever made.
Holy Cross’ symphonic season began with our first rehearsal two-weeks ago, to which we had the strongest sight-read in our history. Resuming our rehearsal schedule on March 12 (after the College's Spring Break,) we will rehearse twice per week: Wednesdays from 6-7:45pm, and Fridays from 5-6:45pm. This twice-a-week rehearsal schedule will continue for the remainder of the season, culminating with a dress rehearsal on Saturday, May 3rd. Our end-of-the-season performance will take place on Sunday, May 4th at 6pm.
If you, your son or daughter, or a friend have interest in becoming a member of our symphonic ensemble, I encourage you to send me an email and introduce yourself; I am sure you and your child must have many questions, and I would be more than happy to answer them all. I can be reached at , and online registration for our ensemble can be found at
Our program exists not to create professional musicians, but to provide members with life changing experiences, both educationally and socially. Through developing the character traits of dedication, self-discipline, and teamwork, each student learns what is required to be successful on and off the stage. More than anything else, this guarantees that your student will have one amazing season.
With Pride, ~Nicholas J. McKenzie, Director of Bands College of the Holy Cross

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