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Bingo Calendar

posted 08-03-13

Marching Band Letter Home August 01, 2013

posted 07-30-13

All That Jazz Sponsors

Marching Band Sponsors

posted 06-24-13

Marching Band 2013 “The Music of Samuel Hazo” Schedule

posted 05-11-13

2013 1st Annual Fun Run Walk-N-Roll Sponsors

Fun Run Walk
All proceeds will go to support Music in Our Schools

Saturday, June 22 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm (rain date Sunday June 23)
South Portland High School Track
What is it:
Grab your shoes, and do-si-do; Run the track, Enjoy the Show,
Sing a song or catch a tune; We’ll keep you entertained - all afternoon.

This is a fun walk/stroll/run while you listen to great entertainment. Those who prefer to
sit back, relax, listen and enjoy the show are also welcome.

What music:
Sideshow Music as the MC and Disc Jockey, Opening performance by Standard Issue. Live performances by South Portland students, The Rat Pack Tribute group, Guns ‘n Hoses Pipes & Drums of Maine, and many others.

Light lunch fare, water & snacks available for purchase.

$20 Individual walker/jogger/runner (includes 1 t-shirt)
$40 Family Registration (includes 2 t-shirts)
$5 to listen to the music and watch the fun. (pay at the gate) 10 & under Free

How do I register? Click here to get and then Fill out the form and send it with your registration fee to:
SPMB Treasurer, PO Box 2536, South Portland, ME 04116

Or Click here to register online.

Registration forms received by June 3rd will be guaranteed a t-shirt and the first 100 to register will have a chance to win a Bull Moose Gift Card.

Any questions can be emailed to

Click here to get and then Fill out the form for ensembles wishing to perform at the South Portland High School's Fun, Walk & Roll Music Booster fundraiser June 22, 2013, Noon-4PM. If your interested in performing, continue to fill out the form so that we may schedule your performance and plan accordingly. So glad that you will join us in supporting music at South Portland!

posted 04-02-13

The Memorial Middle School Jazz Band, under the direction of Jean Quinn, placed second to Falmouth Middle School by one third of a point last weekend at the Middle School State Jazz Festival held at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center. Competing against seven other bands in Division I, Memorial Middle School's Owen Doane received an Outstanding Musicianship Award for his solos on trombone and piano.

In addition, the Mahoney Middle School Jazz Band, under the direction of Sandy Barry, received a 1 Rating and a Gold Award competing against eight other bands in Division II at the Middle School State Jazz Festival.

This link is the letter regarding the Houlton trip March 15,16.

posted 03-11-13

South Portland High School Jazz Band garners top awards at the
annual Jazz Festival at Berklee College

Chuck Key2013 Berklee Jazz FestivalAlex Quinn

Big bands, combos, and vocal jazz ensembles competed and performed throughout the day on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at the annual High School Jazz Festival, hosted by Berklee College at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Berklee's Jazz Festival is the largest of its kind in the United States. All ensembles are adjudicated by a panel of Berklee's top faculty and will receive a written critique of their performance. Under the direction of Craig Skeffington, South Portland High School's Jazz Ensemble placed 1st for the Class L4 Large Ensemble Division. Senior Trombonist Chuck Key received the Judge's Choice Award for the South Portland Jazz Combo I and Sophomore Alex Quinn received one of the Outstanding Musicianship Awards for the Class L4 Large Ensemble Division. The group next travels to Houlton for the Maine State High School Jazz Festival on March 15th and 16th.

posted 03-04-13

South Portland High School Jazz Ensemble for winning the Berklee Jazz Festival
2013 Berklee Jazz Festival

Congratulations to the members of the South Portland High School Jazz Ensemble for winning the Berklee Jazz Festival this weekend in Boston. The group competed against 15 other schools in it's division from throughout the country, including Chicago, Illinois. The group was led by sophomore Alex Quinn and senior Chuck Key, both of whom were recognized by the Berklee judges for their outstanding playing during the festival. This marks the 4th time the ensemble has won this event!
The group competes next this weekend at the UNH Jazz Festival on March 9th.

posted 02-19-13

University of New Hampshire Jazz Festival, Saturday March 9th South Portland High School Itinerary

posted 02-18-13

SPHS’s Thoroughly Modern Millie

2013 Millie
SPHS’s Thoroughly Modern Millie will have performances on March 22-23 Sunday performance March 24 at 2 PM. April 5-6 at 7:30 PM at the South Portland High School Auditorium. Tickets $15 adults $10 Students and Seniors. Jane and Steve Filieo director and producer, Leslie Chadbourne music director and Beverly Hosic as pit director

Click Here for Tickets.

posted 02-05-13

Ralph A. Salamone 1931-2013 RIP

posted 10-27-12

2012 SPHS Band Wins Gold

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On This Page ...

Marching Band Camp News!
2012/2013 Booster Board elected.
SPHS Winterguard wins Gold.
HS Jazz bands performs at Berklee
We have been given an additional night to work Bingo
41 SPHS music students chosen for the District 1 HS Honors Festival. Jan 28, 2012
Current Publishing Article about the South Portland Marching Band
SPHS Band Wins Gold
Paige Doane Performs at MBDA Finals
2011-2012 Music Booster Board
SP Music Boosters Honor Jazz Great - Don Doane
Plaque Presentation to the Lamson Family
Portland Press Herald Article 3/4/10
Marching Band recognized by SP School Board
SPHS students shine at All State Jazz Fest
Instruments bought and sold here ...
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Summer Music Camp links

Marching Band Camp News!

If your music student is planning to be a part of the
2012 SPHS Marching Band, this information is for you!
Band Camp starts on Monday August 20th
We need Volunteers to assist with uniform fitting day
from 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Please contact Tina Weden at if you can help.
Uniform fittings begin at Noon and run through the afternoon.
Students will report to the lower Café on this schedule:
Freshmen and Middle School = 12:00 PM
Sophomores = 1:00 PM
Juniors = 2:00 PM
Seniors = 3:00 PM
(times subject to change)
Access to the lower café is only permitted through the auditorium entrance on Highland Ave.
Students will be fitted for pants, jackets, hats, gloves, and shoes. Please wear socks!
Band Camp Dates: Aug. 20th through 24th and Aug. 27th through 28th
If you have questions or have not signed up for band camp please contact Mr. Skeffington at
All Marching Band Members and Families are invited to the
Marching Band Family BBQ on Tuesday evening the 28th.
More information to follow!

South Portland H.S. Music Students perform with the 'Best of the Best.

South Portland High School was well-represented at the 58th annual Maine Music Educators Association All-State Music Festival held at the University of Maine at Orono from May 17-19, 2012. Fourteen students were selected to represent South Portland High School at the festival.
Performing in the Chorus were Altos- Ali Abramson, Paige Doane, Lauren Purdy, Carly Sobczak; Tenor- Adam Sobczak and Bass - Ethan Benevides and Matt LaBerge. Performing in the Orchestra - Markie Amadei on Timpani and performing in the Band were Shawn Everest-Ortiz and Mackenzie Mayes-Clarinet, Jenny Fletcher-Tenor Sax, Taylor Knowles and Alex Quinn-Trumpet, and Chuck Key-Trombone.

2012/2013 Booster Board elected.

The 2012/2013 Music Booster Board was elected and will take office at the end of the school year.
President: Connie Gray
V.P. Special Events: Rusty Quinn & Angela Lemelin
V.P. Bingo: Lisa Fitzgerald
Secretary: Susan Kramer
Treasurer: Christina Davis
The following people were appointed: Tony Donnangelo, Web Master; Beth Doane Publicity; Cindy King Membership

SPHS Winterguard wins Gold.

Congratulations to the SPHS Winterguard members who won a gold medal at the MBDA Winterguard Finals held at SPHS on March 25. Great job ladies.


The 3 SPHS Jazz Bands (Jazz 2; Combo; Jazz Ensemble) competed at the State Jazz Fest on March 16 & 17 at Mount Desert Island HS (Bar Harbor). On Friday, the Jazz Band 2 won the State Championship for Division 1 Multiple Jazz Bands; while the Combo won 2nd place in the Division 1 Combos. Drummer Vinny Amoroso won an Outstanding Musician Award in the Combo Division (only 5 awarded).

On Saturday, the Jazz Ensemble won the State Championship for Division 1 Jazz Bands. Trumpeter Alex Quinn won an Outstanding Musician Award in this Division. (only 5 awarded) Congratulations to Director Craig Skeffington and the amazing musicians of these 3 outstanding bands.

HS Jazz bands performs at Berklee

The HS Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Combo competed at the 44th Annual Berklee HS Jazz Festval in Boston on Marc 10. The Festival brings together over 300 HS jazz bands from across the country for a full day of music and competition.

The HS Jazz Ensemble placed 2nd in their Division, while the Combo placed 5th.

Congratulations to our SPHS Jazz students on your performances. Alex Quinn was awarded a top musician award by the judges in both the Combo and the Ensemble. Great job Alex.

We have been given an additional night to work Bingo. We will have two people work the last two Tuesdays of each month. We will also work the fifth Tuesday when a month presents one. I will be the scheduler for Tuesdays until further notice. My contact phone number is 775-0164 and email (

41 SPHS music students chosen for the District 1 HS Honors Festival.

Congratulations to the following students who participated in the District 1 HS Honors Fest at Noble HS:

Mixed chorus:
Lauren Purdy, Hannah Gato, Gabby Salce, Kaylie Vezina, Melissa Davis, Emma Kane, Kate Kunin, Ali Abramson, Molly Ekholm, Ellie Crawford, Adam Sobczak, Eric Berry-Sandelin, Matt LaBerge, James Falconer, John Furey, Michael Higgins, Thomas Strout, Matt Amadei

Treble Choir:
Olivia Sprague, Carly Sobczak, Paige Doane, Zoe Trout, Anna Kavanagh

Jazz Band
Jenny Fletcher, Cole Lemelin, Alez Quinn, Hannah Skeffington, Jamie McDonald,

Concert Band
Lauren Campbell, Mackenzie Mayes, Brian Weden, Joey Hendricks, Elisa Martin, Britney Ruotolo, Markie Amadei, Ben Prueser, Sarah Small, Taylor Knowles, Hannah Huggins, Sally Keiter, Brandon Powell, Kevin Jackson

Current Publishing Article about the South Portland Marching Band

A huge thank you to Duke Harrington and Rich Obrey for spending a good part of their day with the marching bands at the MBDA finals. Duke spent a lot of time interviewing a number of people from different schools and has done excellent articles on the Sanford Marching Band and, of course, the South Portland Red Riot Marching Band! The article is titled It's not just a band.

Current Article

SPHS Band Wins Gold

Red Riot

On Saturday, October 29, the SPHS marching band repeated as a gold medal winner during the MBDA finals, held at Old Orchard Beach High School. The group, led by drum major Joey Hendricks and soloists Hannah Huggins and Matt Laberge, has achieved distinction by being the only Maine group to receive a gold medal rating in each of the last 5 seasons.

Buoyed by a sea of red the finals were hosted and run by the South Portland Music Boosters. The group of 84 students rose to the challenge of "hosting" while not being on home turf, performing their best show yet - one which featured the music of composer Trevor Rabin ("National Treasure"; Remember the Titans"). Throughout the course of the season the group has performed with the professionalism that has marked their careers at South Portland High School.

Many of the marching band students will now turn their attention to the Winter offerings in the arts department: the jazz program, the annual school musical ("Fiddler on the Roof") and the Winter color guard and drum line groups. Be sure to see these performers in these new venues as they will continue to be amazing.

The Music Boosters are extremely proud of these students and the marching band staff!

Click her to see their performance

Paige Doane Performs at MBDA Finals

A big Red Riot Marching Band shout out and thank you to Paige Doane, SPHS junior and Chamber Singer, for her willingness to step in and sing the National Anthem last weekend at the MBDA Marching Band Finals hosted by South Portland High School on the playing fields of Old Orchard Beach H.S. South Portland's middle school bands were originally scheduled to play the National Anthem, but due to a venue and time change, South Portland needed to think quickly on their 'marching band' feet. Stepping up to the microphone with less than 24 hours notice, Paige delivered a crowd pleasing performance of the National Anthem to start the day including a gold medal performance by the Red Riots. Great job Paige!

Click here to see her performance

2010-2011 Music Booster Board

Congratulations and welcome to our 2011/2012 Booster Board

President: Mike Fletcher
President Elect: Connie Gray
VP Special Events: Rusty Quinn, Steve Laberge, Angela Lemelin
VP Bingo: Lisa Fitzgerald
Secretary: Maggie McNiece
Secretary Elect: Susan Kramer
Treasurer: Christina Davis
Fundraising Chair: Cindy Fletcher
Publicity Chair: Beth Doane
Membership Chair: Robert SanGiovanni
Web Master: Dewey Hendricks

SP Music Boosters Honor Jazz Great - Don Doane

finals At the Memorial concert on May 11, the Boosters honored Don Doane for his contribution to jazz music in our schools in the State of Maine. Don, a SPHS graduate and resident, is a well known figure in the jazz world, having played with Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington and Count Basie. Don has recorded records with these bands as well as with his own band here in Maine. As a music teacher in the state, he was responsible for bringing the teaching of jazz music into our schools. To see the full presentation, click on the video button on the left.

Plaque Presentation to the Lamson Family


Chuck Igo, Steve LaBerge, Christina Davis, Rusty Quinn, Cindy Fletcher, Jenny Fletcher, and Mike Fletcher were at the bingo hall Saturday night, April 30 for a presentation of a plaque to the Lamson Family for their almost 30 years of support and the Music Boosters working at the South Portland Bingo Hall. The plaque has a color photo of the Choral Ensemble/chorus & the Marching Band. In this picture, Rusty Quinn is watching as Christina Davis presents the plaque to Paul Lamson.

The next time you are working bingo, be sure to check it out!


Jazz Combo - 3rd place
Outstanding Musician Award - Matt Clement (trumpet) (5 given out)

Jazz Band II - 2nd place
Outstanding Musician Awards - Chris Johnson (alto sax) Olivia Ledue (alto sax) (5 given out)

Jazz Ensemble - 1st place - Division I State Champs
Outstanding Musician Awards - Eric Quinn (trombone) Eric Landau (drums) (5 given out)

March 18-19 was an amazing weekend of music at Mount Desert Island in Bar Harbor featuring 74 jazz bands from around the State. The State Jazz Fest is the largest music competition in Maine. Bands compete in a variety of divisions based on school size and type of band.

Our Jazz Combo and Jazz Ensemble II competed on Friday and awards were presented that night. After the awards, they boarded the coach bus for the 3 1/2 hour trip home (made easier and more joyful by the success they experienced.)

On Saturday, after spending the night at a Bar Harbor motel , the Jazz Ensemble stepped up for their turn. During the day competition, they placed in the top 2, so were invited back for the night finals competition to decide 1st and 2nd place.

Sitting on stage side by side, SPHS Jazz Ensemble and Westbrook HS Jazz Band entertained the audience with some wonderful jazz music. And the winner is -- SPHS!!!

Getting off the bus at home at 2 AM the kids were tired, but still had smiles on their faces.

This was a great experience for our kids; getting to compete; getting to hear other bands from around the state; getting to meet and know kids from other cities; getting to travel in style in a coach bus (thanks to our Boosters); having the support of 30+ family members and friends who made the trip to watch and cheer.

We are all very proud of how you performed, both on the stage and off. Enjoy your success and your memories!!

Portland Press Herald Article 3/4/10

Nice article by the Portland Press Herald about the jazz ensemble with a video of the kids rehearsing and some nice quotes by Mr. Skeffington. When referring to the music boosters...

"What they do for us is unbelievable," Skeffington said. "We're traveling to Boston in a coach bus that the boosters paid for. We could go on a school bus, but the coach bus is way more comfortable, and parents will ride with us. It's like one big family."

Jazz Powerhouse. An article by the Portland Press Herald 3/4/10


Marching Band recognized by the South Portland School Board

The South Portland School Board recognized the members of the 2010 South Portland High School Red Riot Marching band for their outstanding season, 5 consecutive gold medals, and perfect 5 stars across the board.

SPHS students shine at All State Jazz Fest

49 of the State's top high school jazz musicians got together at Scarborough HS on Jan 8-10 for the All State Jazz Fest. They were assigned to 3 bands - combo, honors band and jazz band. They rehearsed on Thursday evening, all day Friday and then performed at a concert on Saturday afternoon. Of the 49 students, 9 were from South Portland HS. The Music Boosters would like to congratulate all of the students chosen for this group, but especially our SPHS kids: Eric Quinn, Jenny Fletcher, Eric Landau, Matt Clement, Hannah Skeffington, Matt Laberge, Taylor Knowles and Chuck Key.

Check out some pictures ...

5 S T A R S!!!!!!!!!

I would like to thank all you parents who have supported the kids and the staff - whether getting the kids to practice on time, providing snacks, carting equipement, taking pictures, sewing uniforms when needed, polishing shoes, driving the vehicles with the trailers, cheering from the stands, watching the rehearsals and the final run through each night, working bingo so others could attend the shows, etc etc.

The kids look at the band as a family - it all starts with you the parents - THANK YOU.

Enjoy the break - now on to Jazz season

Mike Fletcher

Instruments bought and sold here ...

And by here we mean right on this web site. Just recently a buyer and seller found each other for the buying and selling of a flute. So if you have an instrument to sell, or are looking to buy one for your aspiring musician, check out the Buy/Sell Instruments page. It is always there on the navigation bar on the left.

There is a link on this page to email webmaster. Just send the details of what you want to buy or sell, along with whatever contact information you want posted, and we will list it on the site for as long as you want. We only ask that you let us know when it should be taken off. So there it is -- a free and easy local source for buying or selling musical instruments ...

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Summer Music Camps are coming!

Here are links for information ...
University of Maine Senior Camp
University of Maine Junior Camp
New England Music Camp
Camp Encore/Coda
University of New Hampshire Summer Youth Music School

Your talent is wanted! If you attend an event where kids from our music programs are performing, take pictures and video. Contact the Webmaster to have these added to our web site!

Come back and visit the web site often for updates on events happening in our music programs!