Back Row from Left to right: Bob Wilcox (instructor), Sean Doxsey (chimes), Floyd Labbe (marimba/suspended cymbal), Zachary Mathieu (concert toms/auxiliary percussion), Emily Kropo (marimba/concert tom), Ethan Dupont (congas/hi-hat/suspended cymbal), Ethan Contreras (tympani/suspended cymbal), Shane Jones (chimes/suspended cymbal), Donny Binette (instructor)Front Row from left to right: Erin McLaughlin (instructor), Marissa Carter (vibraphone/suspended cymbal), Lindsey Schulte (vibraphone/concert tom), Vincent Biancarelli (marimba), Heylee Walker (concert snare/shaker/rain stick), Blake Andrews (concert snare/shaker/ocean drum), Melody Ky (bells/gong/tambourine), Cassidy Rosado (alto glockenspiel/tambourine), Charley Marenghi (xylophone/granite blocks/suspended cymbal), David Pelaggi (instructor)Not pictured: Emaly Pereira (concert bass drum/suspended cymbal/triangle), Amanda Stevens (bells/crotales/wind chimes)Band director: Robert HughesOur percussion arranger: Dave Dion] It isn’t every day that you come across a group of teenagers with an interest in the music of Phish. Sure, The McLovins burst onto the scene in 2008—has it really been 9 & 1/2 years?—with their rendition of “You Enjoy Myself.” But even if you’re a parent trying to encourage your son or daughter to listen to music other than EDM or hip-hop or radio pop, more than likely, Phish, isn’t at the top of the list for most high schoolers. However, it might be now, after a high-school ensemble in Connecticut rode their rendition of “Divided Sky” to second place in competition following their rehearsal of the Phish song going viral earlier in the year and earned high remarks from Trey Anastasio himself. Don Binette, a percussion instructor at Naugatuck High School since 1999—his own alma mater—and a long time Phish fan, had an idea in 2009 after being inspired by Trey Anastasio’s orchestral version of the phish song “Divided Sky.” Why not perform the piece in competitions with the winter percussion ensemble he leads and that he had been a part of as a student. Binette sent off a few emails to the Phish organization, which eventually reached Don Hart—Anastasio’s string arranger—and was given the go ahead by Phish and Hart. Presented then to the schools’ musical director at the time, it was passed on and back-pocketed by Binette. Forward to 2016 and current percussion director Dave Pelaggi reached out to fellow instructors for ideas. Binette offered “Divided Sky.” Another email dashed off to Hart, “Hey Don, it’s 7 or 8 years later and we’re about to get this off the ground…” and Hart was all in, even offering his own thoughts on how the piece could be presented by a percussion ensemble. “We started rehearsals—not the piece—in December,” says Binette when asked about how long this ensemble has been performing the piece. “We did two pre-rehearsals to see what kids were interested so we could see how many kids we had to write the piece for. We actually started rehearsing the music in January. We missed eight rehearsals because of snow and that really set us back. But, pretty much every Tuesday and Thursday, and then we started adding in Saturday’s in February and started our competitive shows the second Saturday in March.”Among the students that showed an interest in the winter percussion ensemble was fifteen-year-old Emily Kropo, who as a freshman played piano in the school marching band. A natural talent and dedicated student, Kropo found her way to the marimba and vibes and other instruments in the percussion orchestra. Now a sophomore, she’s the lead instrumentalist in the ensemble, leading a group of twenty fellow students—for whom percussion is not their primary instrument and from several schools in Naugatauk including middle school—in competitive performances of the piece. She nor any of her fellow bandmates had heard the song before being presented with it for the performance. “No I hadn’t. I was very surprised, because I haven’t been in a winter ensemble before. For marching band, you usually do something that’s like … formal,” she states when asked about her thoughts upon hearing the song. “And this is formal, but it’s more like, jazz type of groove. So it’s surprising to me that we’re doing something that you can relax to and you can enjoy it while your performing it. And use your improvisation skills, like you can see where in the piece things need to be loud and things need to be soft.” She liked the song upon first looking it up on YouTube and even checked out another Phish song. She says that elements of this performance have helped expand her knowledge of the jazz style. “So I take that criteria that we learned in the winter percussion ensemble—cause it’s kind of jazzy—and I put it into the piano playing I do for the jazz band.”The hardest part she says is keeping the entire orchestra in rhythm and on tempo. “I guess the tough part is that I try to pulse to what the beat is and if the kids can’t get it in time or they can’t feel the beat as I feel the beat, it just throws everyone off track.” This performance is strictly done on percussion instruments and does not include a drum set drummer; Marimbas, xylophone, bells, orchestra bells, chimes, timpani, concert snares & toms & bass percussion are all utilized. Binette notes that the competition called for different styles of music with multiple musical elements. The piece performed is supposed to have high, fast, mild tempos; soft, subtle textures, slow pieces.The student performances are judged by two judges, one judging execution & technical performance, while the other listens for interpretation of the piece; highs and lows, crescendos for impact. “Divided Sky” encapsulates all of those elements he says, all in under seven minutes, the maximum amount of time allotted for performance. “As a percussionist myself, I know that there’s different time signatures, it gives different moods. It’s almost like a fugue—a variation of a theme throughout the whole thing,” he says. “With this show, we have a very specific purpose. As much as we are all about being competitive, we are all about competitively beating ourselves each week. We’re not necessarily looking to chase the group that’s ahead of us,’ Binette says. But competitive they were—each week improving their scores & placing second in every performance including the championship. “It’s a real dedicated group of kids,” Binette concludes. ‘Some of them are doing school sports now too. They’re going to school, doing their sports activity and heading here straight from that. I get tingles listening to them, when they hit the times and tempos right. It’s a dream come true to mix those two worlds together and to have it come out as well as it is right now.”You can check out the video of the group rehearsing in the Naugatauk High School auditorium below, courtesy of MK Devo.
8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The foundation of every solid credit union member business lending (MBL) program is a proper loan structure, says Mike Steppenbacker, corporate banking director at Ent Federal Credit Union in Colorado Springs, Colo.That foundation rests on four principles, says Steppenbacker, who conducted a breakout session Monday at the CUNA Lending Council Conference in Nashville.A proper loan structure:1. Clarifies expectations for a borrowing relationship. From the outset, engage in open dialogue about goals, future projects, other anticipated cash flow needs, debt repayment plans, and feelings about leverage. And don’t shy away from discussions about liquidity.2. Ensures the borrower has “skin in the game.” How much money has the applicant pledged? The more the better, says Steppenbacker, who adjusts rates to give borrowers an incentive to accept these credit union-friendly structures.
– Advertisement – A sign marks a rendezvous location for Lyft and Uber users at San Diego State University in San Diego, California, May 13, 2020.Mike Blake | Reuters The companies had warned ahead of that any increased costs the decision would have been passed on to their customers.“We would expect other states to now be less aggressive in trying to pass similar legislation to AB5, which would be an important win for Uber and its peers,” Bank of America analysts said in a note on Wednesday. “Overall, while Uber still faces regulatory challenges in the UK and other US States, the vote helps alleviate a big uncertainty, and could open the stock to new investors, potentially aiding valuation.” Shares of Uber and Lyft were up big in premarket trading after early voting projections suggest that Californians have decided both companies should be exempt from a labor law that aimed to make drivers employees instead of contractors.Shares of Uber were up more than 13% and shares of Lyft were up more than 16% before markets opened on Wednesday.Voters were deciding on California’s Proposition 22, a ballot measure that Uber and Lyft were using as a last hope in the state to continue operating as they currently do. The proposition would allow drivers for app-based transportation and delivery companies to be classified as independent contractors in many circumstances. While that would disqualify them for benefits granted to employees, the measure also entitles drivers to new benefits like minimum earnings and vehicle insurance.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
New Delhi: England’s long international summer is finally coming to an end when the fifth and final Ashes Test begins at The Oval against Australia. The Ashes has been retained by Australia after their win at Old Trafford which helped them take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the five-match series. With the Ashes lost, there is still plenty at stake for Joe Root’s side. England will be determined to avoid a defeat at home to Australia for the first time in 18 years while Australia will be determined to match Steve Waugh’s achievement and win a series in England for the first time since 2001. A win for England will result in the first drawn Ashes series in 47 years, with the 1972 series also ending 2-2.Heading into the final match, there are changes made on both sides. England have made two major changes with Jason Roy and Craig Overton getting the axe after a poor series. Roy, who was England’s mainstay in their World Cup triumph, has endured a miserable time in the Ashes with just 110 runs in eight innings with a high score of 31. Craig Overton, who managed just two wickets in the previous Test, has also been dropped. In their place, Sam Curran and Chris Woakes have been included in the team. Curran, who played a starring role in England’s triumph against India and Sri Lanka, will make his Ashes debut at The Oval. Curran’s inclusion will also boost the bowling. Curran will cushion the absence of Ben Stokes, who will be unable to bowl due to a shoulder injury. Chris Woakes could further boost the bowling and batting in addition to the likes of Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer. Also Read | Steve Smith Eyes Record, Australia Aim To End 18 Years Of Ashes Pain In EnglandFor Australia, there has been one major change with Mitchell Marsh getting a look-in in place of Travis Head. The Australian left-arm all-rounder has endured a tough time in the Ashes and Marsh is being looked up as someone who can contribute with both bat and ball. Marsh had a good 2017/18 Ashes, smashing two centuries in Perth and Sydney but not contributing much with the ball. Also Read | Steve Smith’s Freakish Run Streak Against England Will Leave You StunnedThe rest of the squad remains the same with James Pattinson and Michael Neser missing out. The call to rest either Pat Cummins or Josh Hazlewood, Australia’s two leading wicket-takers in the series will be taken on the match day. In their place, Peter Siddle could make a comeback.Squads for the final Ashes Test England (Playing XI):Joe Root (c), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Ben Stokes, Chris WoakesAustralia (12-man squad):David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Mitch Marsh, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine (c, wk), Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, Mitch Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Australia has retained the Ashes in England for first time in 18 years.Australia have not won a series in England since 2001.The last drawn Ashes Test series was in 1972 in England which ended 2-2.