Ball In The House, an A Cappella Band

Ball in the House came to our school on May 11, 2016, to sing for the entire school. They are an A Cappella group, from Boston, Massachusetts, who just use their voices to sing … there are no instruments. They were fabulous! They taught us how to make musical instrument sounds with just our voices. Near the end of their show, they saved time for a few questions from us.

Do you guys like A Cappella?

Yes, they do! They love playing with other Acapella groups and exchange CDs with each other; while traveling they listen to Jazz to Classical, Hip-Hop to Rock. “The human voice is a beautiful thing!”

How did you guys meet?

The band started with Dave and Jon, 15 years ago, and who met each other  since 5th grade. They reconnected together after college, Jon wanted to sing full-time. 2 years ago the band was looking for a Baritone and they found Monty in Washington, DC. They needed a High Tenor, 1 ½ years ago and found Wallace in Jacksonville, FL. 5 months ago, the band needed a Base and found Ben in Rochester, NY.

Do you play songs that other people write or do you write your own?

Over the years we have written over 60 original songs. We also sing other people’s songs, so we do a mix of both.

Do you guys like to travel a lot?

Yes, we like to see different parts of the country. Last month, we drove to South Dakota, it’s maybe the farthest we’ve gone. We’ve also gone to Texas and Miami. We get to see this great country of ours because we sing! We are flying to San Francisco for the National Harmony Sweeps because we won the Boston Regionals.

Is it just the 5 of you or do you have someone else who books your gigs or make travel arrangements?

Just the 5 of us do most of the work, singing, sound set-up, driving and travel, arrangements, and managing the band. We have several agents who handle:

. schools/performing art centers shows

. college shows

. specific types of shows

Most of the work is done by the band.

They left us with this message … “The Arts are wonderful … play instruments, do acting, dancing, and write poetry.… Sing in chorus / play music…. You can play sports AND play music …. Your true friends will support you along your journey!”

Below is our Animoto to provide a glimpse of Ball In The House! They kindly gave us permission to use photos, video clips and audio clips from their performance at school. Thank you, Ball in the House!

Reported by: Luke and Felix

Manguito Latin Band

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Chickering Student Radio

Our school invited Manguito Latin Band to perform on March 4th. The students listened to different Latin music from different areas and instruments from around the world. We had the opportunity to speak with the bass player, Alex Aluear. We hope you enjoy listening to our interview.

 

Reported by Rachel, Marin, Eva, and Ellie

A Welcoming Musical Start!

Principal leading kindergarten students under the 5th grade student bridge to welcome them to Chickering. It was hard to ignore the sound and feel of the electric atmosphere coming from the students and teachers, in the hot and humid Chickering gym, on Friday, August 29th. Our annual gathering, the Welcome Back Assembly, was about to begin. Students in grades 1-5 and all staff were waiting for the special guests to arrive. Our principal talked about goals and expectations for the school year. Our music teachers led us in our two traditional songs, which we sing at this annual assembly. Everybody was ready for a fresh start for the new school year.

At 1:30pm, the Welcome Back Assembly began as the noise level went down and the Chickering students and staff became more attentive. Our special guests, the scared kindergarten students, filed in, led by Principal Dayal. As the music began, directed by Mrs. Barry and Mrs. Law-Linck, our music teachers, the whole school started to sing our traditional song. The Welcome Back Song is based on our Mission statement: “Chickering School is a place where students learn, laugh, grow, care and make a difference.” The whole 5th grade stood up on both sides of the aisle and made a big bridge using their arms. The kindergarteners were guided under the bridge by the principal and their teachers, before sitting down in the front rows designated for them.

Mrs. Dayal took the mic and asked the new teachers and students to beRunners up and winners of the new Directory cover. recognized. After the new people sat down, Mrs. Dayal instructed us to say “Hi” or “Good Morning” to people who say it to us, as well as practicing the quiet sign [peace sign]. Blue tickets are awarded to students who do something kind for another student or teacher. This year’s goal is to earn 5000 tickets! Then, our principal enthusiastically announced the Directory cover winners this year:  the runners up are Corrine, Lauren K. and Marisol and the winner is Anissa! The directory is published by our PTO and contains information about classes and home addresses for students.  For the new cover each year, the PTO asks students to submit their drawings for consideration. After the winners were announced, the the words of Chickering Rocks!, our new school song, was displayed. … With a 1 and a 2 and a 3 … the 2 music teachers played the music with their guitar and piano.

As the light and happy-hearted students left the gym, it was easy to tell they were thinking that the Welcome Back Assembly had certainly started the new year off on a good note!

Reported by Esme and Anissa