Darien Music Department Band Registration fourth fifth grades

Band Registration Night on June 7 for Students Entering Grade 4 or 5

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The Music Department of the Darien Public Schools is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for all current third and fourth grade students to be a part of our award winning Darien Band program. 

— an announcement from the Darien Public Schools Music Department

All current third and fourth grade students in the Darien Public Schools who wish to begin learning a band instrument in the fall of this year are invited and encouraged to attend the beginning Band informational evening meeting to be held in the Tokeneke School Common Room at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 7. This presentation will be for interested students and their parents in all five of Darien’s Elementary Schools. An explanation of our Band program, instrument demonstrations, instrument rental program information, and class registrations for this fall will take place at this time. All interested students entering 4thor 5th grade in the fall are eligible to begin Band instrument instructions. All students attending these sessions must be accompanied by an adult. Information regarding this opportunity for students will also be distributed to students in their respective schools.

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Schedule of 12 Darien School Concerts Starts Monday, April 30

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The Darien Public Schools Music Department recently announced its spring concert calendar, which runs from April 30 to May 31. All of the Spring Concerts will take place at the Darien High School Auditorium, 80 High School Lane. — an announcement from the DPS Music Department

There is no charge for admission and the public is welcomed.  If you have any questions or need additional information, you can contact the district Music Office at: 203-655-3981 ext: 2250 or access the Music Department Blog at: www.darienps.org/music

April 30

DHS Spring Orchestra Concert at DHS

7:30 P.M.

May 2

DHS Spring Choral Concert at DHS

7:00 P.M.

May 3

DHS Spring Band & Jazz Ensemble Concert at DHS

7:00 P.M.

May 7

MMS Spring Choral Concerts at DHS
Grade 6-7&Viva Voce 6:30pm/Gr.8,Camerata 8:00p.m.

6:30 P.M.
8:00 P.M.

May 9

MMS Spring Orchestras Concert at DHS

7:00 P.M.

May 10

MMS  Spring Bands Concert at DHS

7:00 P.M.

May 14

Hindley Spring Concert at DHS

7:00 P.M.

May 15

Royle Spring Concert at DHS

7:00 P.M.

May 16

Tokeneke Spring Concert at DHS

7:00 P.M.

May 17

Ox Ridge Spring Concert at DHS

7:00 P.M.

May 21

Holmes Spring Concert at DHS

7:00 P.M.

May 31

DHS Small Ensemble Concert at DHS

7:00 P.M.


Music Students All State Darien HS

Seven DHS Students Chosen for All-State Music Festival

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Seven outstanding musicians from Darien High School were chosen through a highly competitive statewide audition process and participated in the Connecticut Music Educators Association 2018 All-State Music Festival.  

The rehearsals and the concerts for the festival took place at Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford on April 19-21 in conjunction with the state-wide CMEA conference. __________

— an announcement from the Darien Public Schools Music Department


The Darien students had the privilege of working in musical ensembles with Connecticut’s most accomplished high school musicians conducted by nationally renowned conductors and educators. Richard Sadlon, the Darien Public Schools director of music said, “These students are among the finest school musicians in our state and we are all extremely proud of their accomplishments and for representing Darien High School and our entire town so well at this prestigious state-wide event.”

Middlesex Middle School Band and Jazz Ensemble

Middlesex Middle School Students Selected to Participate in Music Festival

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The Music Department of the Darien Public Schools is proud to announce that band and Jazz Ensemble students from Middlesex Middle School were chosen to participate in the 2018 Connecticut Western Region Middle School Music Festival. — an announcement from the DPS Music Department

The students were chosen to perform in the festival based on their competitive audition scores and earned the privilege of performing in honors ensembles with some of the best middle school musicians in Western Connecticut. The students joined with other students from throughout Western Connecticut on March 16-17 at Wilton High School and were conducted by renowned conductors and educators. The festival is an annual event sponsored by the Connecticut Music Educators Association. Pictured above:

Front row (from left): Will Abbott-8th Grade ,Tenor Sax ,Jazz Ensemble, Ella Bates, 7th Grade, Alto, Choir, Luke Ryan, 7th Grade, Soprano, Choir,  Sophia Condon, 7th Grade, Soprano, Choir, Cillian Hallinan-7th Grade Percussion Concert Band

Second row (from left): John Raskopf, 7th Grade, Alto, Choir, Riley O’Connor, 8th Grade, Baritone, Choir, Caroline Zerbe- 8th Grade-Baritone Concert Band

Third row: Alex Sutanto, 8th Grade, Bass, Choir

Not Shown: Nicky Condon, 8th Grade, Tenor, Choir

DHS Jazz Ensemble

Darien High School Annual Jazz Jamboree on March 2

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Darien High School will host its fifth Annual Jazz Jamboree at 4 p.m., Friday, March 2 at the high school Auditorium.  Thirteen area and New York high school ensembles will be competing. Admission is $5. The Darien High School jazz ensemble, fresh off its best-ever third place finish at the Berklee College of Music high school jazz festival will be performing to close the evening. This year, through the generosity of Darien’s own Gerry and Franca Mulligan Foundation, the award to the outstanding soloist of the competition will be the Gerry Mulligan Award. Gerry Mulligan is considered an all-time jazz legend as both a musician and composer.