WEST NEWBURY — Superintendent Justin Bartholomew is pleased to announce that Pentucket Regional School District will be sharing video performances by students and alumni this month.
“The Pentucket Music Conservatory is thrilled to offer these opportunities to our students, alumni, and community at a time when we could all use some positive entertainment,” said Director of Jazz and Music Conservatory Leader David Schumacher. “These events are a great celebration of the work these musicians have put in. It has been fantastic to reconnect with our jazz alumni over the past few weeks in preparation for this event.You will be amazed at what they have all accomplished since moving on from Pentucket. I couldn’t be more proud.”
Students, alumni, faculty, staff, community members and the media can access all of the video performances on their designated publication dates by visiting the Pentucket Music Conservatory YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/pentucketbands or by searching pentucketmusicconservatory on YouTube.
20th Anniversary of Cafe Jazz
Friday, May 15 at 7 p.m.
Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak which has forced school facilities statewide to close for the remainder of the school year, Pentucket had planned a series of events to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Cafe Jazz.
During Cafe Jazz, the Pentucket Regional High School cafeteria is decorated to transform into a “jazz club” for a night of student performances. Next year’s in-person performances are tentatively scheduled to be held in May 2021, and this month, alumni have been invited to perform as special guests. Their performances will be shared online for their peers and the community.
The video performances will also offer viewers an opportunity to write in and interact with comments and questions.
West Newbury resident, Pentucket parent and professional video editor, Tim Kane of Indian Hill Productions, has volunteered to produce the Cafe Jazz video this month.
Performers for the virtual Cafe Jazz event include:
- Collin Tarr, class of 2017, a composer who will perform his original work “A Far Cry From Here: Birds of Another Feather”
- Duncan Tarr, class of 2012, on bass will perform “SNUSS” with his band normandd and “Hand in Hand” with his band Conspicuous Bystanders
- Kevin Dacey, class of 2010, on drums will perform “Maximillian,” written and programmed in Abeton by Ramon Castillo
- Adam Medonca, class of 2006, will sing and play guitar while performing “I Fall In Love Too Easily” by Styne/Cahn and his origional work “Air To Lungs”
- Alden Slack, class of 2014 on saxophone and Cooper Slack, class of 2015 on piano will perform “Infant Eyes” by Wayne Shorter
- Bobby Spellman, class of 2006 and a composer, will play the trumpet while performing an original “Ode to Brink” with his Revenge of the Cool Nonet
- Derek Skala, class of 2019, on vibraphone will perform “Ruby, My Dear” by Thelonious Monk
- Jake Baynes, class of 2019, on guitar will perform “Big Legged Woman” by Freddie King
- Josh Torvi, class of 2013, on guitar will perform an original “78” with his band Josh Torvi Trio
- Steven Ferrara, class of 2015, on trumpet will perform “It Ain’t Necessarily So” by Gershwin
- Josh Schulz, class of 2015, on bass will perform “Tell Me A Bedtime Story” by Herbie Hancock
Pentucket Music Conservatory Recital
Wednesday, May 27 at 7 p.m.
Pentucket Regional School District students have the opportunity this May to volunteer their own video performances through the first-ever Pentucket Music Conservatory recital, and a video of all the performances will be archived and viewable after May 27 on the conservatory’s YouTube channel as well.
Students in grades seven through 12 will perform in the recital, and faculty will also participate. Students have been given the opportunity to perform using any instrument they wish, and are not limited to the instruments they primarily practice through their academics or after school activities. Performances will include solos, solos with accompaniment or a digital collaboration with peers.
Pentucket Music Conservatory Encore Performance Series
The district will be sharing the Pentucket Music Conservatory Encore Performance Series this month, through which the district will be posting encore “premieres'” online of district performances from spring 2018 and 2019.
Pentucket Regional School District Orchestra performances from spring 2019 will be shared Wednesday, May 13
Pentucket’s spring 2018 Band Jamboree performance will be shared on Tuesday, May 19
Pentucket Regional Middle and High School Choir and Percussion performances from spring 2019 will be shared on Wednesday, May 20
All encore performances will be posted at 7 p.m.
“Our faculty, students and alumni have gone above and beyond to put this series of events together, and its truly remarkable to see what they’ve been able to accomplish,” Superintendent Bartholomew said. “We’re all looking forward to enjoying these performances, and encourage community members to tune in and listen to our talented Pentucket musicians.”