The Spotlight

Music, Music, Music!

There is a lot going on today in music! 

This is the final day to support the Friends of Colchester Music fundraiser:

FCM is doing a Krispy Kreme donut fundraiser! Please connect with your favorite band or chorus student by Thursday, November 6 and order some! Support our music program and give yourself a sweet treat!
For more information see the Friends of Colchester Music website.

Also…There are still openings for the paint nite/art pARTy fundraising event to benefit Colchester High School Chorale~ CHS Select Women’s Ensemble Friday night, November 21 from 6:30 – 8:00pm. The subject we will be painting is Winter Tree (seen below) ~ detail subject may vary on tree: swing, tire swing, birds, silhouetted people, love doves, owl, etc…—you decide, let your inner creative being have fun! Cost is $25.00 per person and you get to bring your canvas creation home with you!


And lastly we here at the Spotlight would be remiss if we did not send out birthday wishes to some very important music icons.

Today is the birthday of Antione-Joseph “Adolphe” Sax, born 200 years ago in Dinant, Belgium. A prolific musical instrument designer as well as an accomplished musician, he is best remembered for creating the saxophone. Happy birthday wishes can be found in this tribute today by National Public Radio.

And today is also the 160th birthday of John Philip Sousa, born in Washington, D.C. in 1854. When Sousa was 13 his father enlisted him in the United States Marine Corps as an apprentice to the Marine Band reportedly to keep him from joining the circus. Every 4th of July, you will hear his most recognizable march composition “The Stars and Stripes Forever” as it accompanies our fireworks celebrations.

A biography of the “American March King” can be found at the PBS web site titled “John Philip Sousa – A Capitol Fourth“.