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Graduating a musician

Berklee Graduation 2016

Having been through a couple of engineering graduations with my daughter Iona, I was intrigued to see what it would be like attending my son Calum’s graduation from Berklee College of Music in Boston.  Berklee certainly did not let us down, as is befitting of such an institution, they put on a great show.

This year Berklee was awarding honouring degrees to Rita Moreno, the Isley Brothers, Lucian Grainge, and Milton Nascimento. Friday evening was a concert put on to celebrate all of their contributions to music over the last 70 years or so.

On Saturday we were treated to some great speeches, focused mostly on how much the world […]

By |2016-11-03T04:23:16-05:00May 8th, 2016|Categories: Calum, Personal|Tags: , |0 Comments

A musical interlude

Last night was Calum’s final spring band concert at Wolcott High (there’s way too much getting old involved in all of this)

It was a tremendous concert, a couple of the highlights for me were the band performing a piece called Solaris that Calum wrote:

Video on Solaris

and almost everything the Jazz Band played, but I think this was my favourite:

Video on Georgia On My Mind


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By |2016-11-03T04:23:51-05:00May 12th, 2012|Categories: Calum|Tags: , , |0 Comments

A musical weekend

I have had rather a hectic travel schedule recently (my poor excuse for not much blogging)/.

This weekend though was awesome, I got to spend it watching (and filming) the Wolcott High School Student Theatre production of Bye Bye Birdie.

Here’s a few clips to get you singing and dancing.  As always the kids were increadible.  Every year I think that they must be losing too much talent, and every year they keep up the standards.

If you look very closely you’ll see Calum’s mop of hair and trumpet!

The Telephone Hour

Honestly Sincere


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By |2016-11-03T04:23:51-05:00April 23rd, 2012|Categories: Calum|Tags: , |0 Comments

Shipping up to Boston

Video on I’m Shipping Up To Boston – Dropkick Murphys

After a long week of discussion and brainstorm, Calum, Asif, Shawon and I headed up to Boston.

Asif and Shawon were taking a look around while Calum and I were off to Berklee College of Music to audition.  It’s a very cool (and distinctly funky) place.

Only two auditions left!

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By |2015-02-14T12:03:41-05:00February 18th, 2012|Categories: Calum|Tags: , |0 Comments

Let the auditions begin

We’re now moving into the next phase of Calum’s journey to college.

Having applied to to 8 colleges, he now has auditions at five of them over the next month.  It’s all new to me having only done this with an engineer who fell in love with the first school she visited.

Today we were at Western Connecticut State University.  I was very impressed, by the atmosphere, the faculty, and the fact that a professor recognised by Hearts shirt!

They are also in the process of building a very impressive new facility:

Tomorrow we’re off to do the same at The Hartt School of Music.

Does one tell a trumpeter to “break a finger”?

:: Justin ::

By |2015-02-14T12:04:23-05:00January 28th, 2012|Categories: Calum|Tags: , |0 Comments

A fun end to the swimming season

Yesterday we shipped up to Boston for the YMCA New England Regional Swimming Championships at Harvard’s Blodget pool.

We dropped Calum off at around 5 and his least race wasn’t until after 10pm, I have no idea how they found the energy to still swim, but they did.

Highlight of the evening was that last race the 4 x 100 Freestyle Relay where Calum and 3 friends broke their team record and will get to have their names on the record board back in Southington.

Must be time to start warming up for the summer season…

:: Justin ::

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By |2015-02-22T05:00:03-05:00March 26th, 2011|Categories: Calum|Tags: , |0 Comments

Swim Calum Swim!

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Today was the Connecticut Class S High School Swimming Championships at Weslyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

We headed down there with the whole of the Wolcott team sitting in the front seat of the car (that would be Calum! – he and another boy are from the high school swim with Crosby High School in Waterbury during the season, but get to compete as Wolcott in the championships.

Calum did really well, he was in the penultimate heat in both the 50 and 100 freestyle and won both of them in new personal best times.  We are really grateful to all the folks who had to put things together to enable to do […]

By |2016-11-03T04:24:12-05:00March 16th, 2011|Categories: Calum|Tags: , |0 Comments

A brief musical interlude…

Not much in the way of blog activity (or any other activity for that matter) as I’ve been a bit under the weather with a nasty cold.

I’ve been brought back to life this weekend as the videographer at our school variety shows (we have three of them: bands, acts, and alumni).

Here’s Calum playing with some friends on Friday night, I thought they were rather good!



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By |2016-11-03T04:24:12-05:00March 6th, 2011|Categories: Calum|Tags: , |0 Comments
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