Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Below is a Q&A with Swampscott Band Director Scott Winship on his band's experience at UMass Band Day held on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.
Here are the questions we posed to Scott: 1) Where, when and how many musicians were on the field? 2) What did you play? 3) How did it go, how do you pull this off, playing with so many musicians? 4) How did this benefit the Swampscott High band program? Here is Scott's response: This past Saturday the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band hosted the 28th annual UMass Band Day. This annual event brings together dozens of high school bands for a day of rehearsal and a thrilling joint halftime performance with the UMass marching band. Not only is this great fun for all participants, it offers high school musicians a glimpse of what it is like performing in front of a college audience. This year Band Day was held at Gillette …
Monday, October 15, 2012
It's been a while since Swampscott fielded a marching band.
Buppadabum Buppadabum The Swampscott Big Blue marching band marched on Blocksidge Field at halftime Saturday, sporting their blue uniforms and fielding a good number of players.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The new head of the high school music program has conducting and marching experience — and in building interest in musical programs.
The high school principal was looking for marching and conducting experience when he dug through the roughly 50 applications for the school's new music teaching position. Principal Layne Millington found that experience in the person of Scott Winship, formerly of North Attleboro High School and the US Marines Corps Marching Band. "I have an excellent one," Millington said last week, when asked if he had hired a music teacher and band director. Winship has a master's degree from the University of Nebraska in conducting and music education. He is also an experienced music program builder. He built a world drum program from scratch at North Attleboro. Winship will have a chance to build the music program at Swampscott High. He will start out …
Friday, August 19, 2011
The principal is looking for someone who will commit to growing the program, and says he has two fine candidates.
The part-time music teaching opening at the high school has generated lots of applicants, but no one has been hired yet, said Principal Layne Millington. The school has two fine applicants, the principal stated in an email this morning, "but given the vacation season, it's hard to track down references and complete full background checks in a timely manner." He said he will be able to complete the background checks on Tuesday morning and, hopefully, "have a new music/band teacher in the afternoon." “We've been very focused on finding the best candidate for Swampscott students with an emphasis on conducting and marching experience,” Millington said on Thursday. “Further, we're being very picky about finding someone who will grow the …