Rhode Island Philharmonic

R.I. Philharmonic June 2002 - July 2018

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Our Lady of Mercy School

OLM Middle School 2006 - 2018

Top Reasons to Play in a Band:

 

  • HIGHER TEST SCORES

  • IT'S FUN

  • BRAIN DEVELOPMENT COLLEGE ADMISSIONS

  • LIFESTYLE CHOICES

  • HELPS ACHIEVE POTENTIAL

  • CAREER SUCCESS

4th Grade Band

Each school year, in September, the band directors host a demonstration session for 4th graders. Students are given the opportunity to hear current OLM band members play their instruments, and they're also given the opportunity to hold and play the various instruments. After joining, new band students are taught in 'like-instrument' groups lessons, i.e., brass class, woodwind class, or percussion class. Some classes meet after school, and some meet in the mornings. Lessons are taught once per week. Concerts are given for the student body and families during December and May.

5th Grade Band

Commonly referred to as the Junior Band, this group continues into their second year of instrumental music. They are no longer broken out into smaller classes, instead meeting and learning as one ensemble, rehearsing once per week after school. They're taught more advanced musical concepts, preparing them for entrance into the Senior Band and Jazz band, during their Middle School years. Concerts are given for the student body and families during December and May.

Middle School Band

This group, commonly referred to as the Senior Band, continues on their journey of instrumental music. They meet as an ensemble, rehearsing once per week after school. Prior to concerts, they sometimes add a second rehearsal to properly prepare. They're introduced to more challenging repertoire, designed to prepare them for participation in High School band programs. This group, and the Jazz Band, participate in the “Music in the Park” competition at Six Flags in Massachusetts. The band consistently receives high marks. Concerts are given for the student body and families during December and May.

Jazz Band

This group is made up of members chosen by Mr. Takemoto. Middle school students participating in Senior Band are eligible to audition. The ensemble is taught advanced concepts in jazz interpretation and improvisation. This is an exiting group to watch, as players commonly volunteer to perform solos. They meet as an ensemble, rehearsing once per week after school. Prior to concerts, they sometimes add a second rehearsal to properly prepare. They're introduced to concepts and repertoire designed to prepare them for participation in High School jazz programs. This group, and the Senior Band, participate in the “Music in the Park” competition at Six Flags in Massachusetts. Last year, one of our young musicians received the “Best Jazz Soloist” award, competing against hundreds of other students for this honor. Concerts are given for the student body and families during December and May.  – Jack Rametta

More Than Music

More than Music 2001-2018

Greg Takemoto has been playing saxophone since he was nine years old. Before moving to RI, Greg lived in Redding, California and attended Chico State University with a focus on a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance (woodwinds). At CSU he was able to share the stage playing in the CSU Big Band with the likes of Poncho Sanchez, and Randy Brecker. Greg Takemoto then began touring with a variety of funk and groove bands. During that time he played most notably at the Mountain Air, Cascade and High Sierra Music Festivals. He was fortunate to share the same billing with such greats as Karl Denson, The Slip, and Robert Walter. Greg then moved to Rhode Island to study with world-renowned saxophonist Greg Abate in 2003; and in 2013 Greg graduated magna cum laude from Rhode Island College with a bachelors degree in music performance primarily focusing on composition.  From 2003 - 2018, Greg Takemoto was playing regularly with local musicians; playing in a highly requested RI based General Business band (The Free Downloads) all throughout the North East, working on original projects, and leading his own original band Kyoshii. He also taught at the RI Philharmonic’s Music School, OLM, and More than Music. Now entering a new chapter of life, Greg Takemoto has moved back to his home town to open up his own music school and to share his love, enthusiasm and dedication to music with a new crop of California students.