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High School Winter Concert is A Huge Success

Celeste Vandermillen (GD 2018) sings vocals to Eddie Cooley and John Davenport’s Fever, backed by the award-winning GDRHS Jazz Band. The special act was one of the highlights of this year’s High School Winter Concert and Art Show featured at the Middle School PAC on the evening of Dec 13. Vandermillen is a multi-talented performer who has starred in many theatrical productions at the High School  (12 Angry Jurors, Twelfth  Night, Arsenic and Old Lace, Romeo and Juliet, and Festival of One Acts).  She is also a Jazz band instrumentalist earning First Oboe at Central MA Music All State this fall for the second year running.” Photo by Jonathan O’Connor

Photo by Jonathan O’Connor, Fine Arts Department, Groton-Dunstable Regional High School

Photo by Jonathan O’Connor, Fine Arts Department, Groton-Dunstable Regional HS

Photo by Jonathan O’Connor, Fine Arts Department, Groton-Dunstable Regional High School

Last Wednesday night, the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School Music Program hosted its annual winter concert. The concert featured performances by the Concert Band, Chorus, Drum Corps, Jazz Band, and Chamber Chorus, showcasing all that GD Music has to offer. At the end of the night, the music program had brought in close to $1,600 in ticket sales, which will go towards offsetting the costs of the annual music trip, along with providing scholarships for a few students. 


For Livy Thompson, a senior in the Chamber Chorus, this concert was particularly special. “My last winter concert was amazing,” she recounted afterwards. “It is a great feeling to work on something for so long and be able to present it with greatness and pride. It marks a transition into my final semester of high school where I will be working on my last set of songs with the Chamber Chorus. It was a very emotional time, but I am excited to see what lies ahead.” 

There was very little rest for Livy and the rest of the Chamber kids, because a few days later, they were performing again, busking at Faneuil Hall in Boston, raising money for their trip to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City with famed composer Eric Whitacre. 

This week, all the ensembles will be giving their last performances of the season, playing and singing all over the district. It’s been a great first semester for music at GD, but semester two is sure to have much more in store!



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