CMS Jazz Band end of year performance Thursday June 9th 7 PM

The Jazz Band will be performing at the 6th grade Spring concert which will take place on Thursday June 9th at 7:00pm in the Coakley Middle School Auditorium.

This is a great opportunity for our young musicians to showcase all that they have accomplished throughout the school year.

I would truly appreciate any help you can give to ensure the concert runs smoothly.  If you are willing to give some time to monitor the doors or chaperone please let me know.

Thank you for your consideration.

Tracey Jones

CMS Instrumental performance coordinator

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CMS Honor Band end of year performance Thursday June 9th, 7 PM

Can you believe it is that time of year again already?!

The Honor Band will be performing at the 6th grade Spring concert which will take place on Thursday June 9th at 7:00pm in the Coakley Middle School Auditorium.

This is a great opportunity for our young musicians to showcase all that they have accomplished throughout the school year.

I would truly appreciate any help you can give to ensure the concert runs smoothly.  If you are willing to give some time to monitor the doors or chaperone please let me know.

Thank you for your consideration.

Tracey Jones

“The Jones Family” <>


Norwood Marching Band Meeting and Fall 2016-2017 Schedule

You can download the PDF of this meeting and it’s schedule here -> 2016-2017 Marching band meeting

Norwood Marching Band Meeting Fall 2016-17 Defending Division 3 NESBA Champions and MICCA Gold Medalist
Welcome Parents, Students, and Staff to our Organizational Meeting.

Our Marching Band wears many hats and has a few different looks:

•     As a “Pep Band” at home football games + Thanksgiving away and home.

•     As a “Parade Band” at four hometown parades.

•     As an “Outdoor Performance Ensemble” for evaluation and competition.

We learn one show for the entire season, unlike many college bands that learn multiple shows per fall season.

The Woodwinds and Brass are all marching members and play melodic, and or counter melodic parts.

The Battery – (Marching Percussion) carry their instrument and march.

The Front Ensemble is the section composed of keyboard percussion, too large to carry percussion, and any electronic instruments if used.(These students march parades.)

The Color Guard is the section that visually represents the music and emotions created by the music. Sometimes it is with a flag, a sabre, or a rifle. Sometimes it is based on dance depending upon the mood and or style of the program.

Our goals for the students are:

•     A higher level of individual skill development: Instrumental or Color Guard

•     Improved musicianship.

•     Awareness of the individual’s role in a large group activity.

•     Team work and collaboration (Everyone is an active participant, no bench.)

•     Improved physical fitness.

•     Student awareness on how to manage their time.

Expectations for student membership:

•     To be on time, is to be early. Students should plan on being at events and rehearsals 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time. This allows them to stretch out, take cafe of any equipment needs, and be prepared to start rehearsal on time in order to maximize our potential as a performance group.

•     Attendance at rehearsals and performances are mandatory. Unlike many activities everyone is an integral part in the rehearsal process and the performance. One member missing makes it difficult for anyone near them in a marching formation, in the overall balance of the sound, or sequential maneuver in the Color Guard. The expectation is that you will be here because you want to be here. Do not ask to miss rehearsal or performance for the following reasons:

1.    A professional sporting event.

2.    A concert.

3.    A family birthday celebration.

4.    Homework/School Project.

*Students that choose to participate in a fall sport will be given leeway in order to get to rehearsal after a game or team practice as long as every effort to get there quickly is made.


Rehearsal and Performance Schedule 2016-17


May 31st (T), June 2nd (R) 6-8 P.M.

June 7th (T) 9* (R) 6-8:30 P.M.

July 12th, 19th, 26th (T) 5:30-8:30 P.M.

August 2nd (T) 5:30-8:30

August 14th-20th – Music Camp Week (Sun-Sat)

August 23rd (T), 24th, (W), 25th (R) 5:30-9 P.M.

August 30th (T), August 31st (W), September 1st (R) 5:30 – 9:00 P.M.

September: Tuesdays 6,13, 20, 27 – 5:30-8:30

Thursdays: 8,15, 22, 29 – 5:30-8:30

Saturdays 10,17, 24-9 AM to 3 PM/AsScheduled.

October: Tuesdays 4,11,18, 25 – 5:30-8:30

Thursdays 6,13, 20, 27 – 5:30m-8:30

Saturdays 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 As scheduled due to performances.

Performance Schedule (As of Today)

Saturday, September 10th Norwood Day Parade, Football vs Framingham 1 PM Sunday, September 24th, NESBA Competition at Melrose H.S.

Saturday, October 1st, Football vs. Walpole 1 PM, USBANDS Competition at K.P. SAT Test

Saturday, October 8th, NESBA Competition at Wakefield

Saturday, October 15th Football vs Wellesley 2 PM

Sunday, October 16th MICCA Evaluation at Norwood

Saturday, October 22nd, NESBA Competition at Somerset Berkley

Sunday, October 23rd, MICCA State Finals at Lawrence Veterans Stadium

Saturday, October 29th Football vs. TBA

Sunday,October 30th NESBA Finals at Lawrence Veterans Stadium Saturday, November 5th Football vs. TBA, SAT Test – “Grade 7+8 Band Day”

Friday, November 11th, Veteran’s Day 10 A.M. Parade Saturday, November 12th Football vs. TBA

Thursday, November 26th, Thanksgiving Day Game Home 10 A.M. – “Alumni Day”

Sunday, November 27th, Holiday Parade in the Afternoon.

Monday, May 29th, Memorial Day Parade 10 A.M.

A detailed schedule will be made available before the new school year.

Weekly updates will happen via email and Facebook.

Rehearsals will take place on the turf field-at NHS. IF the turf field is unavailable, we may move to the Cleveland Elementary School or other useable venue.


Music Camp: August I4th-20nd

For many decades, the Norwood Music Program has travelled to Sweden Maine for the annual music camp at Camp Tapawingo where we are the only school on site. At this camp we hope to gain a leg up on our competition by maximizing our time to learn while still having opportunities for the students to play organized sporting games, swimming, social time, eating and sleeping.

Camp Tapawingo is a rustic camp in Maine near Shawnee Peak and Bridgeton, ME. Students will have daily schedule beginning with Revile, Breakfast, Morning Rehearsal, Rest Period, Lunch, Activity (swimming or sports), Dinner, Evening Rehearsal, and Social time. (Lets just say the students’ sleep well after a long day!) How do we insure this? We are fortunate to have a staff of alumni that serve as councilors for our week away. They help us take great care of the students in the Marching Band, Color Guard, Madrigal Choir and the Second Choir and or Theater students from Norwood. As many of the returning students know, camp is a special opportunity, and it is hard work but includes some very fun memories that last a lifetime.


Marching Mid Brass and Low brass instruments are supplied by the school: Tuba, Mellophone, and Baritone.

All percussion instruments are provided.

Colorguard equipment is provided but members will need to purchase an equipment bag.

A Norwood High School band uniform will be issued to each member of the band. You will be responsible for any needed alterations, typically a hem of the pants or cuff.

Students will be asked to Dry Clean it at Lustra Cleansers and return it before December Vacation. If the band is caught in bad weather/mud, students may be asked to clean their uniform an extra time. Band members will need to purchase gloves and shoes. This will be coordinated by a parent volunteer.

The Color Guard will be issued an “Outfit” that will match with the theme of our show.

Students will need to purchase a bodysuit to wear underneath this outfit as directed.

Financial Requirements

•     There is a $150.00 Activity Fee which is a flat fee for the entire school year Fine Arts Participation. This payment is due BEFORE October 1st, 2016

•     Music Camp is $400. This includes transportation to and from on a coach bus as well as all meals. (Camp forms are available.)

•     Shoes, gloves, bodysuit (guard) $45-75 per member (Band-Guard)

•     Spending money at evaluations and competitions, as needed.


Students will have fundraising opportunities as an individual and may be asked to help with fimdraising activities for the Marching Band and Color Guard during the season.

Parent/Guardian Help Is Needed, and fun is to be had….

Please consider taking an active role in your child’s extra curricular activity! This group needs help in so many ways just to get the kids to their first performance: Chaperoning, Uniform Help, Pit Crew Volunteers, Truck Loaders, Prop Design, Fundraising etc….You can also volunteer by attending a monthly PMA meeting every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Everyone is a member and your voice counts at these meetings. We also host a marching band show and need lots of help to make it a great success.

Please consider the following when making your decision to participate:

•     A decision to participate should be reached prior to the first rehearsal.

•     When payment and registration is received for camp, you will have a spot written for you in the marching drill and or percussion writing. If you decide to pull out after that it makes life very difficult for the writers and remaining band and guard personnel. If you are concerned about any aspect of the program before or after you join, do not hesitate to speak to a member of the staff or

Mr. Conant immediately so we can help you become a highly successful and dedicated ensemble member.


Mr. Conant – W: 781-352-3549 Cell: 508-369-4015 Fall Staff 2016

Winds Staff: Tim MacDonald, Sean Lee Percussion Staff: Matt Cavanaugh, Nate MacMillen,

Visual Staff: Sean Lee, Katherine Dimitriou Guard Staff: Michael Lombo, Jamie O’Brien

More staff will be announced as the season gets closer.

Program Fall 2016 Announcement made verbally at the end of the meeting.


PMA Scholarship


PMA Scholarship Application
All graduating seniors who are planning to continue their education at an accredited school,
college, or university, and who have contributed to the Norwood Public Schools Music program are eligible to apply for a Norwood Parents Music Association Scholarship award.
This application must be completed and returned, along with a transcript of the applicant’s high school record to the Fine Arts office on or before Monday, April 25, 2016.

Please be sure to include all your activities and awards, and make sure that all information is legible.  Payment of the scholarship award is contingent upon the successful completion of the first semester of the recipient’s continued education. An official copy of the recipient’s college transcript should be sent to the Fine Arts office. Payment will be sent to the recipient upon review of the college transcript.
If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Moen in the Fine Arts office.

PMA Application form


Music Camp Paperwork 2016

Camp happens in August with students in the Marching Band grades 8-12, NHS Madrigal choir, String Orchestra, Chamber Choir & drama programs. The students attend a week long music camp at Camp Tapawingo in Sweden, Maine. The purpose of this camp is to provide an uninterrupted atmosphere in which students in these groups can prepare for their upcoming competitive and performance seasons.

For many years our Music Camp ventures have been a tremendous success, both musically and socially. The daily schedule includes 7-1/2 hours of daily rehearsals and classes, supplemented by a variety of recreational activities, which are an integral part of our program, such as swimming, softball, football and basketball.


Sunday, August 14- Saturday, August 20

Marching Band members and Color Guard

Camp forms & Information coming SOON

Includes what to bring, what not to bring, schedule for departure and return, etc.

PMA Meeting Minutes May 11, 2016

PMA Meeting Minutes

May 11, 2016

Norwood High School, Rm 205



Call to Order:            7:05 pm

Welcome by Paul Campbell, PMA President


Attendance: Paul Campbell (President), Terry MacDonald (Vice President), Maureen Dimitriou (Treasurer), Stacey Lane (Secretary), Donna Metcalf (Ways & Means), Michelle Morales (Ways & Means), Ed Ferris, Lisa Silletti,  Cathy Moen, Claudia Maldanado, Diane Wilson, Phyllis McDonaugh, Wanda Wood, Larry Labell, Paula Labell, James Butler, Christine Kohlsaat, Tracey Jones

  1. Approval of Meeting Minutes:

Motion made and seconded to accept the Minutes of April 7, 2016: Approved

  1. Approval of Treasurer’s Report: Maureen Dimitriou

Motion made and seconded to accept the Treasurer’s Report (April): Approved

More was spent than was taken in. Trivia Night raised $399.  The Trivia adult prizes were donated which saved on expenses (Thank you to Donna Metcalf’s mom). Sold $321 in merchandise (one day) at MICCA Choral.  Acapella admissions brought in $375 after expenses. Concessions at MICCA Choral weekend did very well. Deposited payment for expenses for Great East from 5th Grade performers.  CMS payment is pending.


  1. Vice President: Terry MacDonald
  2. MacDonald Thanked departing members of PMA for their service: Donna, Michelle, Wanda, Phyllis, Maureen & Christine.

Slate of officers presented to be voted on at the PMA Annual Meeting (Pops Night) May 13, 2016:

Paul Campbell (President), Terry MacDonald (Vice President), Tracy Jones (Treasurer), Stacey Lane (Secretary) and Open (Ways & Means).

PMA Board Members (2016-2017)

Webmaster/Publicity: Ed Ferris
Performance Coordinator SHS – Jazz: Terry MacDonald
Performance Coordinator SHS – Instrumental: Paul Campbell 
Coordinator Marching Band Classic:  Tracey Jones
Co-Coordinators Marching Band: Diane Wilson

Color Guard Coordinator: Amy Campbell

Music Camp Coordinator: Lisa Silletti
Performance Coordinator SHS – Choral: Claudia Moldanado
MICCA Classic – Choral Coordinator: Diane Coard

Hospitality: Vacant

Performance Coordinators CMS – (Instrumental, Jazz & Choral): Teachers to arrange as needed

Other Committees as needed

Motion made and seconded to approve the slate of officers as presented to be voted on at the PMA Annual Meeting (Pops Night): Approved.



Jazz Night: Sheraton Four Points on May 4th and was well attended. Great performances!

Senior Awards: May 26, 2016 at Sheraton Four Points.

PMA scholarships: Received at Thank you card from 2015 recipient, Colin Moulton.


  1. Ways & Means: Donna Metcalf & Michelle Morales

Merchandise: Need to reorder merchandise to replenish stock. T-shirts are needed.

Golf Ball Drop : Discussed selling golf ball tickets during Pops Night at the merchandise table. Flyers to be put on tables and hung around gym.  P. Campbell has confirmed the fire truck to drop the balls in front of NHS on last day of school (June 21st) weather permitting.

Concerts on the Common/Summer Fest: Discussed selling food items during the concerts on Sunday and Wednesday evenings.   Discussed selling snow-cones, decided against since the machine would have to be cleaned and transported to each event. D. Metcalf to see if Utz will donate popcorn (one time deal). It was suggested that the 99 Restaurant may donate popcorn. Will ask for donations of bottled water from parents.  M. Morales to request a donation (on PMA letterhead) from Hood for ice-cream sandwiches and bars. Will need to borrow freezer again.

Motion made and seconded to allocate $1000 to Ways & Means to purchase merchandise: Approved

  1. Instrumental & Choral:

CMS MAJE: Most valuable award presented to the percussion rhythm section.  There are three students, but only one award.  T. Jones suggested having two more awards made and present them to the three students at Pops Night.

Motion made and seconded to order two additional awards: Approved

  1. Marching Band: Meeting coming soon
  2. Moen will look into 5-18-16 at 7:30pm at CMS as a possibility.

Norwood Music Camp: Lisa Silletti

August 14-20, 2016.  Payment may be made by check.  Credit Card requests may be referred to

  1. Dimitriou. Camp registrations will have Norwood Music Camp on the letterhead. Checks made payable to Norwood Parents Music Association. The PMA does not run the camp, but has an administrative role and the chaperones are volunteers. Camp nurse is needed.
  1. Director of Fine Arts: Cathy Connor-Moen

Pops Night:  May 13, 2016 at NHS Gym at 6:30pm. This concert may help recruit and retain music students. First half of the evening will be all NHS concerts followed by awards and intermission. The second half of the evening will have performances from all combined groups with music from Billy Joel. NHS café tables with attached seats will be used (won’t have to cover the floor).  To date, 34 tables have been presold. Seating also available in the bleachers and on rented chairs sold at the door (approx.. 200+).  There will be approximately 350 students performing.

Concessions:  Candy, water, chips and popcorn.  Merchandise will be sold along with golf balls for the golf Ball Drop.

Music Trip over April Vacation:  C. Moen will investigate the possibility of having a NHS music trip to Memphis & Nashville over April vacation 2017 (6 days).  The cost will be approximately $1800 depending on the number of students attending.

NHS Recitals:  5/19, 5/23, 5/24.

CMS Concerts: 6/6 (6th grade), 6/14 (instrumental), 6/16 (chorus)

All Town Elementary Concert: 5/25 at NHS

Orchestra Night: 6/1

  1. Action Items:

Band Closet needs to be organized. No long term storage of food items.

Parent emails:  Parent coordinators need parent emails to request volunteers for events.

Donations Hannaford:  Larger gifts over $100 are awarded monthly (eight week turn around) per town for specific requests. The PMA should consider putting in a $2000 request for Music Camp (snacks, camp supplies, nursing supplies, and personal care items)

Job Description: Each PMA position needs a written job description

Replacement PMA Positions: Recruit parents to shadow PMA positions and fill vacant positions

Quorum: 2015/2016 PMA Board, there are fourteen (14) voting Board Members.  In order to have a quorum, eight Board Members must be present.

Amazon Smile:  When a customer shops at “”, Amazon will make a small donation to a charitable organization of their choice. To participate, go to the site, scroll down and select “Norwood Parents Music Association, Inc.” and the PMA will receive a donation of $0.5% of qualifying sales.

New PMA Stationary: C. Moen will ask an art alumni, Michelle Bradbury, to redesign the logo.

New PMA website/server: Need new web server-GoDaddy (domain) transfer made. Weebly (host).

NEXT PMA MEETING:   June 8, 2016, NHS Library, 7PM

15 . Adjournment at 9:05 pm.


Addendum: (Email vote to Executive Board on 5-12-16) Motion made and seconded to approve to renew the (website) hosting at a new location for an amount not to exceed $175 for 3 years: Approved


Minutes respectfully submitted by Stacey Lane.