The Lillian Black Festival of the Arts which was hosted by O’Dowd’s Fine Arts Department last weekend was a big success with art exhibits in the gym area and music and dance performances held in the O’Dowd theater. The theater performances opened with sets by O’Dowd’s String Orchestra and Symphonic Band.
O’Dowd’s Symphonic Band hosted the MUSE Band program’s Winter Concert at the O’Dowd Theater in a fun event in which our group opened for the MUSE Band’s middle school music students where were thoroughly inspired by the proceedings.
Congratulations to O’Dowd’s talented Jazz Workshop musicians who played a great set at
the Campana Jazz Festival. We received excellent critiques and musical advice from music educator Cindy Browne-Rosefield and a specail shout out to Della Healy and Julia Lidsky who won “Outstanding Musicianship” awards at the festival
Two stellar O’Dowd music alumni happened to be in town and were able to have a fun reunion with Mr. Randolph at The Englander in San Leandro. Claire Chaix graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in commercial arranging. She has moved back to the Bay Area and is freelancing as a pianist, violist, and arranger. Natalie Scott graduated from Purdue University and continues her participation in community chamber and orchestra groups. It was inspiring to see how well these talented young ladies are doing.
This year’s Winter Concert was amazing with 5 performing groups performing a wide range of music from Wagner to Weather Report and beyond. Check out the videos!
On Youtube at https://youtu.be/tMBOLAWlv0o
March of the Meistersingers, by R. Wagner
Phantom Waltz, by C. Thomas
The Barber of Seville, by G. Rossini
Mele Kalikimaka, by R. Alex Anderson
Cumberland Cross, by C. Strommen
Fiesta La Vida, by R.W. Smith
A Christmas Festival, by L. Anderson
Jazz Workshop Band
My Little Suede Shoes, by C. Parker
Work Song, by N. Adderley
Manteca, by D. Gillespie/C. Pozo
Yardbird Suite, by C. Parker
Yes or No, by W. Shorter
Advanced Jazz Band
The Wiggle Walk, by B. Carter
Birdland, by J. Zawinul
Prelude to a Kiss, by D. Ellington
Pick Up The Pieces, by A. Gorrier/R. Ball, et al
O’Dowd’s talented brass musicians performed at the recent Montclair Stroll.
This event, sponsored by the Montclair Village Association, features students from area schools performing holiday music throughout the town. O’Dowd’s students inspired the holiday shoppers with their inspired renditions of popular holiday tunes.
O’Dowd’s talented String Orchestra students performed for the annual Transforming Lives Dinner in the Small Gym, bringing a great musical atmosphere to O’Dowd’s biggest fund raising event. Selections included ” The Barber of Seville”, “Ashokan Farewell”, and an original by violinist Peter Banks entitled “First Song”.