Band News

BBD is listed in the Almanac

We are delighted to have our Big Band Dance 2017 announcement listed in the Almanac.  Valerie Gardner, BBD Setup Chair, presented the event to the Atherton City Council on Wednesday, January 18, during Public Comments and a reporter for the Almanac was present at the time.


 

InMenlo Reviews M-A’s Excellent Music Department

Linda Hubbard Gulker of InMenlo has published a wonderful article about Menlo-Atherton's Music Department entitled "M-A teacher Kent Kurris shepherds the school’s music program to continued excellence – and another Big Band Dance," featuring Kent Kurrus and his award-winning bands. Here is an image of the article.  Please click the above link to read the full story at InMenlo.



Photos by Irene Searles.  Please click this link to see the original article at InMenlo: M-A teacher Kent Kurris shepherds the school’s music program to continued excellence – and another Big Band Dance.

You are Invited to the Big Band Dance for 2016-2017

The Menlo-Atherton High School Music Boosters Invite you to

The BIG BAND DANCE on
Saturday, January 21, 2017, from 7 – 10 pm

(Note: this event has happened!)

Get your tickets at the door!

Come swing to the sounds of the award-winning Menlo-Atherton Bands and Orchestra! This is the annual fundraiser for the acclaimed MAHS music program and you don't want to miss it!  Bring your family, friends and neighbors and enjoy a wonderful evening of music provided by our talented young musicians and live auction all to benefit the M-A Music Department.

Menlo-Atherton High School Ayers Gymnasium
General Admission $35
Students with I.D. $10
Admission & Reserved Table Seating for up to 8 ($325)
Seniors (65+) Free (Donations accepted and appreciated)

(Nearest parking: entrance off of Ringwood Avenue, closest to Football Field)

A Mediterranean dinner will be available for $25 per person when ordered in advance and will be served from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.  Entree options include chicken, lamb, salmon and vegetarian with rice, salad and pita! (Pre-Orders sold out!)

The Jazz Cafe will also offer a selection of light snacks, drinks and delicious desserts throughout the evening.

Can't Foxtrot? No Problem!!
There will be a free dance lesson provided by a professional dancer.

100% of the net proceeds from this fabulous evening of music benefit the M-A Orchestra and Bands!
Purchase tickets and make donations through PayPal or Credit Card.
All tickets and donations are tax deductible! Our tax ID number is 81-2165538.

Thank you for your support!

CAN YOU HELP OUT?  PLease see our VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP PAGE

Thank you for your support!

Questions? Please contact Pacita Ikonomou at
Pacita.ikonomou@gmail.com or 484-744-0566.

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Image from the Menlo-Atherton Big Band Dance of 2015

 

For those parents unable to attend or support the Big Band Dance, we are collecting a voluntary contribution for the Music General Fund. The suggested donation is $150 per student and is tax deductible.  The Music General Fund will help offset the cost for needed sheet music, equipment, festival fees, bus rentals, scholarships etc.

Here are the options to contribute:

1) Click on the donate button on the bottom left of this page.
2) Send your contribution to the M-A Music Boosters PayPal account: MusicBoostersforMA@gmail.com.
3) Mail a check made out to MA Music Boosters and send to:  Celeste Baranski, Music Boosters Treasurer, 890 Coleman Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025.

 


 

Jazz Band III and Jazz Combo take first place at the San Joaquin Delta Jazz Festival

MA Music Boosters is proud to announce that on December 3rd, 2016 at the San Joaquin Delta Jazz Festival, MA’s Jazz Band III took first place in the Advanced Jazz Band Category while MA’s Jazz Combo* placed first for the second year in a row!

Congratulations to Music Director Mr. Kent Kurrus and band members Selim Karahan*, Christina Ikonomou, Nikita Manin*, Owen Waldron, Alex King, Diana Gruber, Helen Chafee, Christopher Iyer*, Nik Caryotakis, Noah Smith, Sarah Tiemann, Michael Sze*, Callum Burgess*, Ian Lange McPherson, Shane Turner*, Jerry Liu*, Cameron Meyer, Nicole Cisneros, Lance Onodera*, Alex Oesterling, and Benjamin Justus!

Jazz III Performs in Atherton on September 18, 2016

We are pleased to invite you to join local neighbors and see the renowned Menlo-Atherton Jazz III Band perform in Atherton at the 2016 Lindenwood Homeowners' Association neighborhood party and annual meeting, going on September 18th, from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm.  This Jazz III performance provides a classicly festive sound and lively backdrop to this event, which this year brings neighbors together in garden party format at 38 Flood Circle, Atherton, California.  Organizers write:

The 2016 LHA Annual Meeting and social will be held Sunday September 18 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at 38 Flood Circle.  This year we are having a garden party with wine and hors d'oeuvres.  The M-A Jazz Band will perform, and we will elect LHA Directors for the coming year. It will be a fun time to meet with both new and long-time neighbors.  We hope you will attend.

M-A at the Folsom Jazz Festival

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On Saturday, January 24th, Jazz II and III attended the Folsom Jazz Festival in Folsom, California, the largest high school Jazz Festival in the state. Screen Shot 2016-02-05 at 9.43.38 AMIt was an all day event with performances as follows:

Jazz III 10:05 Rolling Hills Christian Church
Combo  10:55 Rolling Hills Christian Church
Jazz II    2:30 Folsom High School (Band Room)

A charter bus provided by the Band Boosters (us!), left M-A at 6:00 am with both bands and returned later at around 7:00 pm.  The complete schedule for all band performances at the festival is listed here. 

It was with great pride that Kent Kurrus, Band Director, announced the results of the Folsom Jazz Festival. He wrote:

In the AAAA Band division Jazz Band III took 3rd place!!!! Very impressive!

In the "A" Combos category the M-A Combo placed 7th place! A very good finish considering that this is the most competitive Combo division.  Jazz Band II placed 11th which a very good start for their first festival!

Congrats to everyone. I am very proud!!

Thank you to all Band supporters for helping to make this performance possible!

(Click the image above, to hear the Cunha Big Band Playing "Ya Gotta Try . . . Harder" at the Folsom festival.  If you have photos or videos of the M-A Jazz bands playing, please forward them to Valerie.  Thanks!)

Fall Concert at Menlo-Atherton

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Menlo-Atherton's Fall Concert was held on December 3, 2015 under the direction of Music Director, Kent Kurrus.  All music groups performed, which included the Concert Band, Jazz Band I, Jazz Band II, Jazz Band III, the Orchestra and the Jazz Combo.  The following is the line up from this performance:

Concert Band: Swing the Mood (Arr. Michael Sweeney), Lord of the Rings, Excerpts from Symphony 1 (Meij/Lavender), Sing, Sing, Sing (Prima/Story)

Jazz Band I: Rock This Town (Setzer/Story), Reachin for a Rainbow (Sammy Nestico), Woodchopper's Ball (Herman/Osser), Fiesta Latina (Victor Lopex)

Orchestra: Csardas (Vittorio Monti), Someone to Watch Over Me (Gershwin/McCarrick), with violin soloists Martha McGee and Elley Goldberg, Prairie Song (Carl Strommen)

Jazz Band II:  Moten Swing (Moten/Nestico), It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing with vocals by Christina Iknomou (Ellington/Nowak), April in Paris (Duke/Barduhn), and Sambeando (Victor Lopex)

Jazz Band III:  Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie/Nestico), Darn That Dream (Van Heusen/Harris), The Lady is A Tramp with vocals by Madeleine Bauer (Rodgers/Wolpe), Armando's Rhumba (Correa/Turner)

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(If you have additional photos or links to videos posted about this event that you think we should include, please contact our webmaster to discuss how to get those to us!  Thanks very much!)

Big Band Dance 2015

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Menlo-Atherton's 2015 Big Band Dance was a rocking, good time for everyone!  We have so much fun putting on this event for the entire Menlo-Atherton school community as well as neighbors in Atherton and Menlo Park.  As the Music Department's only fundraiser of the year, we pride ourselves on bringing an evening of music and dance right to your back yard. Please plan to join us next year!

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