Stockhouse Recap!

Our ensemble performances were once again a rousing success thanks to the hard work of our students and the family, friends, and wellwishers that came out to support them. We were fortunate to have such a beautiful day for our concert!

After some cursory soundchecks, the show started with the Rock of Ages ensemble. The group opened with the Christina Aguilera arrangement of the Free classic “Alright Now” with MSOM instructor Stephanie Fogg on vocals. Next up, the band launched into Chicago’s “Twenty Five or Six to Four” followed by the Lynyrd Skynyrd anthem “Sweet Home Alabama”. They ended their set with Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” to a rollicking ovation. Great work was done by these young musicians and their instructors Anthony Marro and Jen Precopio.

The second slot on our four act bill was filled by the capable Pink Floyd/Boston ensemble. They started their set with Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2” featuring Andy Penk on vocals and a fine solo by Sam Tilden on Guitar. After a brief pause due to a medical emergency at the venue the group resumed its set playing a slew of classics including “Comfortably Numb”, “More Than A Feeling” and “Wish You Were Here”. These guys worked exceptionally hard on this set and the instructors (Matt, Chris, and Mike) would like to salute their efforts on turning in some outstanding work. Great Job!

The Dream Girls ensemble took the stage next. This ensemble has become very popular (due in no small part to Vocal Instructor Extraordinaire Stephanie Fogg) so popular it has to be split into two groups! The songs performed ranged from Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” to Destiny’s Child’s “Bills, Bills, Bills” to Sara Bareilles “Love Song”. The girls brought the house down with their set and received a spirited ovation.

Anchoring the afternoon show was the AllStar ensemble who wowed the crowd with a long set of music. The group had been honing its set for ten long weeks and it showed as they were razorsharp for this performance. Opening with “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” the group sonically morphed into the legendary ‘Funk Brothers’ that brought Motown Records to life. It only tightened up from there with a long set (that could have gone much longer; how many songs do these kids have in their repertoire?). Highlights included Adele’s “Skyfall”, The King of Pop’s “PYT”, and seemingly the whole group trading solos on “Lady Marmalade”. We’re running out of superlatives to lavish on this group. If you missed this one you really missed something special. Anyone need a band this summer?

Thanks to all the students and parents who pitched in to make this show happen!

Special thanks to Scott Labbe! We need to embarrass Scott for a minute; he goes above and beyond to make these performances a success. From showing up for an 8am rehearsal on the day of the show to transporting half the gear (including 400lbs+ of Hammond Organ and Leslie Speaker Cab) to playing bass in every set and on every song (and killing it!) This show wouldn’t have been the same without his dedication. Thank You Mr. Labbe!!!!!

We hope you enjoyed the show and we look forward to our Summer Ensembles. Hope to see you there!

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