Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Exciting News For Wachconah Music

A very special event will be taking place this week in our school district that has the potential to give the district’s music program International Exposure.  Namely, the band The Alternate Routes will be coming to Wahconah H.S. on Friday (Feb. 14th) to perform their single “Nothing More” with the H.S. Band and Chorus.

This is the song that was featured in the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics last week. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tXzlVjU1xs The song was written for and inspired by the work of Newtown Kindness.

WRHS Band Director Brian Rabuse began listening to the Alternate Routes last year and was inspired to write a band arrangement of the song ‘Nothing More’.  He made contact with the band via social media and shared his arrangement with them.  The rest is history.  The Alternate Routes loved the idea, the work that Brian had done and agreed to stop by this week as the song ‘Nothing More’ fits nicely into the theme of Wahconah’s Annual Civility Day whose purpose is for teachers to share kind words and talents with their students, in hopes that students will do the same amongst themselves.

The performance will be audio recorded and also videotaped.  The video will likely wind up on the Alternate Route’s website and on their You Tube Channel. As the song and band are now known worldwide, the implications for this—for our music program and school district in terms of positive ‘press’ and exposure, should be obvious.

This is such a feather in the cap for Mr. Rabuse, in particular, and he deserves our respect and thanks for going above and beyond.  I might also point out that none of this would be possible without a solid, comprehensive K-12 music program that includes performing ensembles. For this, we have the School Committee to thank for recognizing the importance of the Arts and for continuing to support our music program.

The program will begin after lunch on Friday.  If you plan to attend, please call Wahconah for more details.  413-684-0330.