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    Service Dog For those who have made a visit to McCarthy Middle School, you may have been fortunate enough to meet Romer, a golden Labrador Retriever, who has been in service to math teacher Thomas Gallagher since 2015. In addition to Romer’s service to Mr. Gallagher, he is responsible for spreading joy to the entire McCarthy community on a daily basis. Mr. Gallagher releases Romer to spend time with students who choose to visit his classroom during lunch. Romer is also a frequent visitor of the Main Office, where he is adored by staff.

    Zachary Friedland, a young composer who received his training at the University of Rhode Island, Longy School of Music, and The Ohio State University, has recently signed on with Woodson Percussion & Publishing, LLC (ASCAP). A personal friend and colleague of Allison Lacasse, one of the two co-directors of the band program, Zachary suggested the idea of commissioning a piece for one of the bands. A group can commission a new piece of music at any time, and there does not necessarily have to be a story behind it. However, it was obvious to the McCarthy Band directors that Romer would be an inspirational subject for this new work.

    Says Friedland, “I love writing music that has special meaning for both the musicians and the audience. When Ms. Lacasse told me about the school’s service dog, Romer, it sounded like a really fun idea that everyone would enjoy and a special thing for this community. I set out to write a piece that was as joyous and celebratory as possible. Something very uplifting. As someone who grew up with a dog, it was easy to relate to the feeling of joy and love they bring to everyone they come in contact with.”

    Romer has been trained to hold a maraca in his mouth, and sometimes comes out to the lobby and “sits in” with the McCarthy Lobby Band on Fridays. Once Zachary heard this, he composed a prominent maraca part in the music.

    The world premiere of the new piece will take place at the McCarthy Band Spring Concert at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 20, 2019, at the Carl J. Rondina Performing Arts Center at Chelmsford High School (200 Richardson Road, North Chelmsford, MA, 01863). This is a free concert and is open to all, including Romer, who will be in attendance with his maraca in tow!

    For more information, please contact Allison Lacasse & Sean Wright, Co-Directors, McCarthy Band Program 250 North Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824

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  • On November 18, over 1100 music students from public and private schools across the Northeastern part of Massachusetts auditioned for the 2018 Northeast Senior District Music Ensembles. Out of this group, approximately 450 students from grades nine through twelve were selected to participate in this prestigious Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) event, 17 of which were from Chelmsford High School. These students will perform at a concert in Wakefield, MA on Saturday, January 13.

    In addition to having these 17 students accepted into Senior Districts, students who received a score in the top 50% of their area were eligible to audition for the MMEA All-State Ensembles. This year, 10 band, chorus, and orchestra students received All-State recommendations!

    “We are so proud of the commitment of the students who auditioned and were accepted into this festival. Students work for years to be able to perform and succeed at this level, and participating in this event is a real honor for them, as well as for our district as a whole, ” commented Fine and Performing Arts Coordinator Christina Whittlesey.

    The following CHS students have been selected to participate in the following Northeast Senior District Music Ensembles (students with All-State audition recommendations have an asterisk next to their names) :

    Moira Andrews, CHS Band*
    Chase Boles, CHS Chorus
    Emily Bruce, CHS Band
    Gina Castellano, CHS Chorus*
    Lora Coggins, CHS Chorus
    Melanie Foo, CHS Orchestra*
    Kevin Hamilton, CHS Chorus*
    Lily Hoyt, CHS Orchestra*
    Erick Lee, CHS Band*
    Andrea Loew, CHS Chorus
    Taylor McCormick, CHS Orchestra
    Krystal Qiao, CHS Orchestra
    Edward Rigney, CHS Band
    Delaney Schiefen, CHS Chorus*
    Sam Segal, CHS Chorus*
    Josh Timmins, CHS Chorus*
    Elaine Tsui, CHS Orchestra*

    The CPS Music Directors work diligently to develop students’ skills, and to facilitate student participation in the Senior District Festival.

    The CHS Ensemble Directors are:
    Kate Comeau, Orchestra
    Amanda Roeder, Chorus
    Matthew Sexauer, Band

    Special thanks to the Chelmsford Friends of Music! This parent group covers registration costs for students accepted to the festival.

    For more information on the Chelmsford Fine and Performing Arts Program, please contact Department Coordinator Christina Whittlesey at

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  • 230 North Road Chelmsford, MA 01824

     (978) 251-5100
    Fax: (978) 251-5110

    Superintendent: Dr. Jay Lang
    Assistant Superintendent:
    Dr. Linda J. Hirsch

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