Marlborough Public Schools

Music Association

Additional videos can be found on youtube. Search for "Marlborough HS String Ensemble at Home for the Holidays 2017"

Instrument Rental Night

Instrument Rental Night will take place on Thursday, August 30th from 6:30pm - 8pm in the Whitcomb Auditorium.

Justin Bartlett, alto sax

Matthew Pearl, tenor sax

Row 1 - Michael O'Donnell, guitar; Matthew Pearl, tenor saxophone; Brian Oram, tenor saxophone; Kaley Davis, alto saxophone and vocals; Barbara Carlone, flute; Benjamin Simmons, alto saxophone; Jaelyn Kassoy, baritone saxophone
Row 2 - Burnon Chen, piano; Blaine Stanczak, trombone; Maddy Silverman, trombone; Colbe Course, trombone; Molly Downing, trombone 
Row 3 - Griffin St. Amour, drum set; Austin Wise, drum set; Allison Lucas, trumpet; Jared Bilancieri, trumpet; Anthony Salemeh, trumpet; Maria Query, trumpet

Missing from picture: Eoghan McCarthy, bass

Conductor Ron Carter

MAJE Central District Senior Jazz Festival

Congratulations to MHS Jazz Ensemble for achieving a GOLD medal at the Central District MAJE (Massachusetts Association of Jazz Educators) Festival.  This standing affords the group to continue competing at the state level.  The MAJE State competition is Sunday, March 18th at Norwood HS. In addition the following students received "Outstanding Musicianship" Awards at the Central District Festival:

  • Kaley Davis - vocal
  • Benjamin Simmons - alto sax
  • Austin Wise - percussion​​

At the District level there is one award that is presented to one student who the judges feel is most deserving. Congratulations to Matthew Pearl who was awarded the Most Valuable Player of Division I at the Central District Festival!

Symphony Hall, All State Scholars


  • On January 20th, 10 MHS music students auditioned for the Massachusetts All State Concert. Those students selected had the honor of playing at Boston Symphony Hall on March 3rd. Congratulations to all who auditioned! Click here for the Press Release.

All City String Night (Whitcomb May 10, 2018)

Band Camp

Band Camp will be taking place from Monday, August 20th through Friday, August 24th, 9am - 3pm each day at MHS. Detailed letters regarding band camp, performance attire fittings and requirements, as well as dates of the Washington DC festival trip (April 2019) and the first mandatory trip meeting (September 17th) were mailed to each student's home. Copies of the letters are below:

MICCA Festival Results

  • ​Whitcomb MS 7/8 grade Orchestra, Bronze
  • Whitcomb MS 7/8 grade Band, Bronze
  • ​Whitcomb MS 7th grade Chorus, Bronze
  • Whitcomb MS 8th grade Chorus, Bronze
  • MHS String Ensemble, Silver
  • MHS Concert Band, Bronze
  • MHS Wind Ensemble, Silver
  • MHS Mixed Chorus, Silver
  • MHS A Cappella, Gold

As a result of their  Gold  Medal performance, A Cappella will have an opportunity to perform at Symphony Hall on Saturday, April 21st. Congratulations to all those who participated in the state's MICCA festival! Click here for the Press Release

Newport Jazz Festival

  • As part of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association All State Jazz Ensemble, Justin Bartlett (2017 MHS graduate) and Matthew Pearl (MHS Junior) were invited to play at the Newport Jazz Festival on August 6th. Click here for the Community Advocate interview.

Thanksgiving Day Football Game vs Hudson​​

​​Row 1 - Noah Ogden (A Cappella), Jared Bilancieri (Jazz Ensemble)
Row 2 - Olivia Rainville (Wind Ensemble), Gabriel Pimentel (String Ensemble), Emily Friess (Concert Band), Cayman Pacific (Mixed Chorus)

Additional videos can be found on youtube. Search for "Marlborough HS Jazz Ensemble at Solomon Pond Mall 2017"

  • ​​Welcome to Lauren Hart, the newest member of the Marlborough Public Schools Music Department.  Lauren will be directing our string program and teaching general music classes at Whitcomb School.  Lauren received her Bachelor of Music: Music Education degree, with a concentration in violin performance and an additional concentration in Special Education (Music) this May from the Crane School of Music, SUNY (State University of NY) Potsdam.

  • Welcome to Jimmy Verdone, a new member of Marlborough Public Schools Music Department.  Jimmy will be directing our Marching Band, Wind and Jazz Ensembles at Marlborough High School. Jimmy received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  He received his Master’s Degree in Instrumental Conducting from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University.  The past nine years of his career has been at Northbridge High School.​​

Senior Districts


  • On November 18th, 34 MHS music students auditioned for the Central District Senior Festival. Congratulations to all who auditioned! Click here for the Press Release.

Spring 2019 Music Festival


  • Next year’s out-of-state music competition festival trip has been approved by the School Committee.  The location will be Washington DC/Virginia area and the approved dates for next school year are from Friday, April 12, 2019 through Tuesday, April 16, 2019.
  • The first mandatory student and parent/guardian trip meeting is Monday, September 17th at 7pm in the MHS Little Theater.

Row 1 - Emily Mague, Eliana Greenstein Himle, Sophia Chabotte, Joseph LaFollette, Abigail Purches
Row 2 - Nora Tynan, Thomas Redden, Kaley Davis, Noah Ogden, Austin Wise
Row 3 - Matthew Pearl, Timothy Goliger, Dean Moccaldi, Benjamin Simmons

Last update: 8/9/18

All City Jazz Night (Whitcomb May 4, 2018)

Upcoming Performances


  • ​Monday, September 3rd, Labor Day Parade, MHS Marching Band, 12pm
  • ​Friday, September 7th, MHS Football​ vs Leominster, Kelleher Field, 7pm
  • ​Friday, September 14th, MHS Football​ vs Algonquin, Kelleher Field, 7pm

MAJE State Jazz Festival

Congratulations to MHS Jazz Ensemble and Mr. Gary Piazza for achieving a GOLD medal at the Division 1 State Festival held at Norwood HS on March 18th! Additional congratulations to the following students who were recognized with a certificate in "Recognition of Outstanding Musicianship":

  • Kaley Davis - vocals
  • Matthew Pearl - tenor saxophone
  • Benjamin Simmons - alto saxophone

As a result of their GOLD medal performance at the State Jazz Festival, the Jazz Ensemble will have the opportunity to perform in the Gold Medal Showcase. Usually this performance is held at the Hatch Shell in Boston but due to on-going repairs, the concert will tentatively take place at the Berklee Performance Center, Boston, on Sunday, May 13th. ​​

Welcome New Members of the MPS Music Department!

All State Scholars, left to right: Thomas Redden, Kaley Davis, Austin Wise, Joseph LaFollette, Noah Ogden, Timothy Goliger, Abigail Purches

Message from Jimmy Verdone

Hi All,

 My name is Jim Verdone and I am very excited to be part of the Marlborough Music team. In the process of being hired I learned that Marlborough is a very special place with great support and wonderful opportunities for the students. I am eager to continue the exceptional work that has been going on for years. I wish band camp started tomorrow!

 A little bit about me...I have spent the first nine years of my career at Northbridge High School. At NHS I directed the Concert Band, Concert Choir, A Cappella Choir, Jazz Band, and Marching Band. I also advised our chapter of Tri-M, our Link Crew program, and was musical director for our drama productions.  I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in February 2009 and my Master’s Degree in Instrumental Conducting from The American Band College of Sam Houston State University in August of 2014. In 2011 I was recognized by Yale University as a "Yale Distinguished Music Educator." This honor is given to 50 music teachers in the United States every two years. In 2017, I was named as a semi-finalist for The Music and Arts National Music Educator of the Year.  I am married to my wonderful and supportive wife Amanda and we have a six year old chocolate lab named Winston who always keeps us on our toes!

Again, I am excited to be part of the team and look forward to meeting everyone in the coming months!


Jimmy Verdone

Music at Solomon Pond Mall​​ (December 2017)

Home for the Holidays (December 1, 2017)

Band Camp Cookout

  • After a week of learning the football half-time show, it was time for some fun at the Band Camp Cookout.

MAJE Gold Medal Showcase (Berklee Performance Center May 13, 2018)

Labor Day Parade

  • The Marlborough HS Marching Band participated in the annual Labor Day Parade​​​ on Monday, September 4th.