I dropped by Westport Central School last Monday, just in time for the CD release party organized by the Business of Music class, which Heather Olson and Adam Facteau are teaching for the first time this fall. It's a state-accredited, non-regents course designed to give students insights into the ins and outs of the music business.
There was a VIP sneak preview before the main event, with some serious crowd control in place - a rope line, and security in the form of Mr. Facteau. Luckily, I was able to wangle a VIP pass.
There are four students in the class: Hillary Viens, Rosemary Kelly, Joel Mitchell, and Chris Golembeck. The boys have been playing as the Interstellar Particles, with Chris on guitar and Joel on bass, ably backed by science teacher Jason Fiegl on drums. They put together a demo CD, and the girls helped them plan the party to mark its release. They sent out invitations, laid out some tasty finger food and a beautiful cake courtesy of Mr. Deso, raffled off copies of the CD, and played some of the tracks for the appreciative crowd.
It was pretty impressive. Chris has a nice, delicate touch for rhythm and melody, and Joel's bass chops complemented him very nicely. "They're very serious about their music," Heather told me. "That makes it such a pleasure to work with them." And to hear them, I might add.
Upstairs in the Staff Room, I chatted with Coach Rascoe about the great basketball season we've got going, with girls' and boys' varsity both undefeated. He said that attendance has been very good this year - even the away games, where the Westport fans have been known to outnumber the home team's. Both teams will be playing in Holiday Tournaments over the break, the girls at Moriah on December 29 and 30 and the boys at Ausable Valley on January 2 and 3. May they prevail and cover themselves in glory!
You can download the complete athletic schedule at the school's all-new website, westportcs.org, where you can also download copies of the News Notes, and view some pictures of the square dancing craze that's sweeping the school (again) this year.
If you signed up for any of the Project Groups at the recent Future For Westport meeting at the school, you should expect to hear back regarding your groups' meetings soon after the New Year. If you don't know about this and are curious, you can sign up at the Future For Westport website, westportnylibrary.org/futureforwestport.