A Farewell Season Falmouth MUSIC NEwsletter / June 2016

As we wrap up a stellar year of music in Falmouth, we bid congratulations and farewell to our graduates and to our high school band director, Jim Horwich (scroll down for more). Some energetic concerts and performances capped off the school year — time for summer now!

The Falmouth Music Parents Association is a group of parents who volunteer throughout the year to support music in the schools at all grade levels. If you are interested in getting involved, please email FMPA's Nancy Osborn at nosborn1011@gmail.com . We welcome anyone who wants to pitch in, whether it's simply handing out programs at concerts or helping with fundraising or giving our hard-working teachers a hand!

Grades 4 & 5 shared a delightful performance in May.
The FMS "Iron Twinkies" Jazz Band and Mr. Barry celebrate their champion status with a banner.
We are so proud of FHS choral director Wendy Northrup for being selected as the inaugural recipient of the Russell-Cox award, given by the Maine chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. The award is named for Robert Russell (USM) and Dennis "Denny" Cox (UMO), both longtime, well-known directors in the state who recently retired. Ms. Northrup, fittingly, has studied with both of these choral icons in Maine. She earned the award for "establishment of high performance and literature standards" as well as "promotion of choral music in the community"—among many other criteria. She is known for "raising the bar" for students. Congratulations!
A final "Save the Memories" benefit concert for the year rocked the FHS cafeteria and raised funds for the Alzheimer's Association. Students and faculty performed, and the audience got in the spirit. FHS senior Max Brautigam showed how a tiger costume can elevate any event.
The final high school concert paid tribute to our nation and to those who served in the military. The concert also was a time to celebrate the seniors in band and chorus who have contributed so much to music in Falmouth over the years.
Jim Horwich was the man of the evening at the May concert, as students, parents and teachers showed their appreciation for his 17 years of leadership, instruction and friendship to all those who have been involved with band. Jim will be moving to West Virginia this summer, where adventure awaits! From concert band to jazz band to percussion to steel drums--as well as the annual Memorial Day celebration (unfortunately cancelled this year)--Jim has guided thousands of students through the years. The senior band students put together a funny and touching film paying tribute to "Jimbo" (convincingly played by Alec Abietello). Underclassmen presented Jim with an LL Bean tote bag loaded with Maine and West Virginia items. Jerry Barry and Wendy Northrup expressed their gratitude to their friend and colleague. Rumor has it Mr. Horwich will be driving down to West Virginia blaring "Sounds of Sousa" from his car stereo ... "Horwich out."

A message from music students and teachers to Mr. Horwich: "Thanks for the great years of music, laughter, technology, and camaraderie, Mr. Horwich. We will miss you. Come back and visit often. We'll try to stream our concerts for you, but you know the website address when you need it! Hope to catch you at some festivals!"

The final music performance of the school year: The FHS concert band added to the pomp and circumstance of Candleiight Ceremony, held in the high school gym. Speeches and musical performances by students and, of course, a procession of new graduates, made for a bittersweet but memorable evening.

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