Prouty Presents!

Please join us for an afternoon of live musical performances outside on the Winston Prouty Campus on Saturday, October 1st!

This event is free and open to the public. Picnic plates (hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, grilled corn & chips) will be for sale by donation.

The family-friendly event will include children’s activities including face-painting, lawn games, giant bubbles, and visits onboard the Early Learning Express Bookmobile.

In tandem with the event, we will be holding a sale of items recently cleared out from campus storage. Office furniture, supplies, playground equipment and more will be up for grabs. All items are by donation.

Performances will start (roughly) on the hour, beginning at 1:00pm. We are pleased to present (in this order):

Vermont Jazz Center Sextet

The Vermont Jazz Center Sextet is the Vermont Jazz Center’s community outreach ensemble. Through weekly rehearsals, the group has developed programs which are performed in schools, assisted-living homes, and libraries, bringing live jazz into less formal settings. Through these performances and clinics, people who might not attend concerts at the VJC are given the opportunity to hear and learn about the music of Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Art Blakey, and others, with original music and arrangements often written by members of the ensemble.

Recent performances include public school workshops in Guilford, Vernon and Brattleboro, a performance for the Cheshire County (NH) Department of Corrections, and a concert at Main Street Arts in Saxtons River.

The members of the VJC Sextet are: Rob Freeberg, trumpet; Bill Ballard, alto saxophone; Ron Kelley, tenor saxophone; Cathy Martin, piano; Wim Auer, bass; and Steve Rice, drums.

Windham Philharmonic

The Windham Philharmonic had a 50-year existence as the Windham Orchestra. We are dedicated to sharing in the joy of playing and performing music in our community. We love playing, we love providing a service to our audiences; we aim to reflect the interests and concerns of our communities. We seek at every point to listen to what is going on in the world and to adapt to the changing conditions in which we find ourselves.

The group will be performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1.

Galera De Samba

Galera da Samba (“samba buddies”) plays high-energy Brazilian Carnival music on a variety of percussion. We play styles from both Rio de Janeiro and Salvador da Bahia, as well as Carnival music of Martinique and New Orleans. The group is an ensemble class at the Vermont Jazz Center, and welcomes new members.

Ukulele 128

Ukulele 128 is a group of 7 local women that have been playing together for 5 years. The group plays mostly traditional and folk music, often mixing in harmonies, banjolele, and percussion to keep it interesting. Occasionally, a few rogue friends are welcomed into the group to join in on a song or two. 

The musicians were all taught by Brattleboro’s “one and only” (gifted!) Lisa McCormick. They have played on their own and with her in parades, on boats, on stages, for non-profits, in nursing homes, farmers ‘s markets, political events, pubs, and more. Their passion when playing is palpable! As William Shakespere once said;

“If music be the food of love, play on.” 

Stella Kola

Stella Kola began in 2019 as a songwriting project by singer/poet Beverly Ketch & musician Robert Thomas. They were quickly able to assemble a dream team of musician friends to join them including multi-instrumentalists such as Jeremy Pisani, Wednesday Knudsen, Jen Gelineau & Jim Bliss. Their debut album will be released late in 2022.

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