Music Boosters puts the Eastchester 5K Funds to Work

With the deepest gratitude to the Eastchester 5K Committee, we are happy to announce that the following faculty wish list items have been purchased for our school music program:

2 Choral Risers – Greenvale Chorus (Mrs. Smith)
Agogo Bells – Waverly – General Music (Mrs. Ness)
Baritone Sax – Elementary Band (Mr. Zantay)
Bass Clarinet – Elementary Band (Mr. Zantay)
Conga Set with Bongos – Elementary Band (Mr. Zantay)
Intermediate Cello – EHS Orchestra (Ms. Odierna)
Karaoke Machine – EMS/EHS – Adaptive Music (Mr. Gedge)
Ocean Drum – Waverly – General Music (Mrs. Ness)
Parachute – Waverly – General Music (Mrs. Ness)
Sax Reeds / Clarinet Reeds – Elementary Bands (Mr. Zantay)
Tubano – Waverly – General Music (Mrs. Ness)
Vibraphone – EMS/EHS Bands and Orchestras (Mr. Dodge)
Vibratone – Waverly – General Music (Mrs. Ness)

Thank you Eastchester 5K!



Oct 6th, 2016 – Meeting Minutes

Music Boosters Meeting

October 6, 2016


8th grader Kyoko Saito treated us to an exquisite violin performance as the meeting opened.

Membership Report

Membership mailing list at 290, up by 90 from earlier this year.

Music Department Chair K-12

Currently our district does not have a Music Department Chair, unlike the other academic areas. We discussed that Mark is covering a lot of work and admin duties that a music chair would usually handle. Just a few examples: coordinating membership renewals and money, NYSSMA, senior awards.

A Music Department Chair would also strengthen the communication/coordination across the music program, K-12.

Position would require one free period when not teaching and whatever the stipend is.  Next step – draft a petition.

MS/HS Band Parents A new position will be created for the 2017-2018 school year on the Music Boosters Board – MS/HS Band Chairperson – that will coordinate band parent efforts to support Mark Dodge with performance/travel opportunities for the MS and HS Bands. Particularly important as he plans the next five years – his ideas include Music in the Parks (eg: Six Flags), possibly the White House, Disney.

Tri-M – National Music Honor Society

NYSSMA is a requirement for National Music Honor Society

The Solo festival – all instruments including piano, voice.  Festival schedule now available on our website.

Treasurer Report

Total coming into 2016-2017: $1100.00

Costs for 5K – approximately $400.

Current Treasury total: $700.

Music Scholarship

Discussed a music scholarship to give to seniors. We would outline guidelines for the recipient but not make already busy seniors have to fill out too many forms. Amount to be determined. Perhaps have a 50-50 raffle at the jazz and concert to raise additional funds.

Hospitality Report

Winter concert planning. Agree to have donuts and water donated based on the sales success of last year. To donate, for any of the upcoming concerts, email Lorraine Verge,

HS Band Uniforms

Our HS Band uniforms are 30 years old and needs replacing. One of our science teachers organizes the NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade and our kids could march. However, our uniforms are old and in poor shape.

New uniforms would cost $800 each and we need 60.

(Sidebar fun idea: Sell “I’m with the band” t-shirts to raise money. Perhaps we have a competition or ask an artist to design or our own talented co-publicity chair, Lynn.)

Meeting Dates Overview

Doug Zantay’s presentation from last year mentioned – very well received, gave information about the growth of the elementary bands and elementary musician participation in NYSSMA.’

Scheduled so far this year:

  • December meeting – presentation by Annemarie Smith
  • April Meeting – presentation by Ms. Katherine Ness

Suggestions to attract more members to meetings:

-Advertise that a student’s teacher will be here

-E-blast the parents (thank you, Minnie for the good suggestion)

Mark discussed the Barnes & Noble soon to open concept store at Vernon Hills.  B&N have invited HS students to play on November 10 at 4pm.

And about that 5K…drumroll please:

$16,000 Raised !!! The Music Boosters booth looked fabulous, the sweeps garnered TK entries for the chance to win six great prizes. We’ll explore having a booth next year because it’s good exposure. We truly appreciated Dr. Moran’s lovely opening remarks.

Diane, Rose, Mark, Dr. Hatter, Dr. Capuano and Mr. Wynne will convene next week to discuss the music faculty wish list.  As Mark noted, if you invest in the best instruments they will last for many years.

Dr. Moran

On Friday, 10/14 Dr. Moran is being honored at The Fountainhead by the Sons of Italy.

Home Improvement

Music Boosters is continually striving to improve the website and make it the ultimate hub for all things music. The faculty and parents are asked to submit anything they feel will benefit our district’s children and/or parents.  Email submissions to:

Meeting Tonight!

Join us for the first meeting of the year –  Mingle, chat, volunteer – learn about what is in store for music this year and help us plan for the future!

Tonight we will also be announcing how much the Music Boosters will be receiving from the Eastchester 5K – don’t miss it!

7:30pm, HS/MS Band Room

Many Thanks!

The Eastchester 5K was a huge success with 1000+ runners registered!  We are extremely grateful to the Eastchester5K Committee for considering Music Boosters and voting for us to receive a portion of the funds.

Thanks to all who supported the Eastchester5K and Eastchester Music Boosters.  Special thanks go to the Tri-M volunteers who helped at the Music Boosters table and to Mr. Mark Dodge and the MS and HS Band members who worked hard to prepare in advance for their fabulous performances at the event.  Music is what made this 5K extra special!  

MS Concert Band members who played the”Rocky” theme on the race route (led by Ms. Katelyn Odierna):
Michael Fang
Rico-ian Banting
Stephen DeLotto
Charlie Reilly
Yumi Tsukamoto
HS Concert Band members who performed at town hall (led by Mr. Mark Dodge):
James Poletti
Jonathan Limekiller
Skylar Reilly
Noah Fredrick
Tyler Nardi
Brian Smyth
Chris Tyrrell
Hunter West
Madeline LoBono
David Ewing
Glenn Pilla
Catherine Delano
Ruri Kawabata
Rei Yoshino
Manami Tsukamoto
Mr. Don Olsen sat in – thank you!
Tri-M Volunteers 
Kureha Masuda
Junko Abe
Hiroko Abe
Olivia Damasco
Alex Siegel
Ashley Tang
Samantha Dell’Imperio
Melina Fotiadis
Chris Tyrrell
Sophia Ottaviano
Jesse Lama

Special thanks also to Lisa, Rob and Amy Cartolano and Mrs. Katherine Ness and her daughter for helping out at our booth…and Mr. Don Olsen for his support at the event – your presence was truly appreciated!  We would also like to give a personal thank-you to our new MS/HS Orchestra Director, Katelyn Odierna, for supporting us at the event and working closely with the MS Band members who performed along the race route!

A big thank you also to EHS student Olivia Damasco for her beautiful rendition of our National Anthem before the race. Wonderful job, Olivia!

Finally, special thanks to Dr. Walter Moran, our beloved Superintendent for his ever-present support for all things benefiting the children of the Eastchester School District  – shown once again by his presence at the 5K and the delivery of the keynote speech.

If you were unable to attend, our booth was teaming with activity and the children enjoyed our inflatable saxophone, guitar and microphone giveaways.

Our raffle winners were:

Haircut and Balayage Highlights at Hernan Prada, Scarsdale, Value: $310 – WINNER: Suzette Games

60 Minute Pure Bliss Facial at Branches of Beauty, Scarsdale, Value: $125 – WINNER: Steve Ryba

Two FREE Music Lessons at Crestwood Music Education Center, Value: $103 – 2 WINNERS: Sophia Ottaviano (EHS Vocalist) and Naomi Dube (Greenvale Violinist)

Dunkin’ Donuts $25 Gift Certificate – 2 Winners: Both students, names not recorded (our apologies!)

After the race awards were handed out and raffle prize winners announced, the Eastchester5K Committee presented us with a ceremonial check for $10,000. We will be notified of the actual amount shortly. All funds received will be used to fulfill as many of the music faculty’s wish list as possible.

JOIN US – Please join us at our 1st Music Boosters meeting of the year (Thursday, October 6, 7:30pm in the MS/HS Band Room) to learn more about what the funds will be used for. We will also be discussing the creation of an Eastchester Music Boosters scholarship, our next Careers in the Arts Event and the possibility of developing a used instrument program in our area.

EYC Production of GREASE

Musicians Needed

Rehearsals for the Eastchester Youth Council’s production of GREASE begins Monday 6/27 at 7pm. Musicians (Eastchester residents, ages 13-21) still needed – ALL instruments welcome.

If interested, please arrive at the Eastchester High School Band Room by 7:00pm tomorrow, Monday 6/27.  This is a wonderful opportunity for musicians to experience accompanying a stage production. Here is a note from EYC Founder, Bunny Rappaport:

Our summer theatre begins rehearsals one week early to accommodate the fact that our show will be presented one week earlier than usual. (July 29th and 30th)

Cast, Crew and Orchestra company members of  EYC summer theatre will begin orientation and rehearsals on Monday, June 27, at7pm at EHS. Our regular schedule will continue on Tues the 28th,  Wed the 29th  and Thurs the 30th. We will meet Mon-Thurs. from July 5th forward unless you are notified in advance. (no rehearsal on Monday July 4th)

Please make every effort to be there and let me know by email or phone, if you have a problem. (760-2517)

VERY IMPORTANT!!!  We are still in need of at least four more guys to join us. Gals, I hope you talked to some male friends and asked them to be “Greasers” they do not have to be experienced singers or dancers.  If you have anyone who is interested, let me know and ask them to come to the rehearsal to sign up. We will extend the signup period through next week.  Ladies who couldn’t make audition dates are welcome to sign up as well.

Sue and I, along with John, Michael, Stu and Vinny are anxious to begin the fun of this great musical. Lots of laughs and great music, not to mention an exceptional “Greased Lightening” car.

Please bring $20 for a company tee shirt. We will measure for costumes as well.

See you on Monday,


Any questions regarding the production, please contact Music Director, Stu Rabin:

My daughter has played cello for EYC for 3 years – any general questions, please feel free to reach out to me directly. (Diane Lama,