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May 21, 2013

Triton District Stage Band earns praise

Rowley Town Notebook
Michelle Pelletier Marshall

---- — At the Mass Bay Music Festival last week, the Triton District Stage Band, composed of a select group of talented instrumental students from the district’s three elementary schools in Newbury, Rowley and Salisbury, received a final overall score of 89 out of 100 and a rating of excellent. Each group involved in the festival is adjudicated by a panel of judges and is given a score based on a scale of 0-to-25 in four performance categories.

According to Laura Doyle, elementary instrumental music teacher, this rating has been given to only a couple of elementary bands during the festival’s history. “Not only was their performance excellent, but their behavior and willingness to participate in the clinics/master classes was excellent, as well,” she said. “This event would have not been possible without the support of the whole Triton staff. Thank you very much for giving these students this opportunity. I am excited to go back next year.”

If you missed this event you can hear the stage band perform on Thursday at the Pine Grove School at 7 p.m., or on Tuesday, May 28 at 7 p.m. in the Newbury Elementary School Spring Concert. The final concert of the year for stage band will be at Salisbury Elementary School on Wednesday, May 29, at 5 p.m.


The works of artist Jennifer Toler are on display at the Pat Marshall Link Art Gallery at the Pine Grove School through Friday. Her pieces, entitled “Wax Poetic,” are a collection of mixed media work created in the medium of collage and encaustic wax. The work integrates drawing, painting, writing and photography. Contact the school at 978-948-2520 to schedule a visit and go online to for more information on the artwork.


The Rowley Public Library is offering the next series of Beyond the Basics computer classes for seniors (those 50 years old and older) starting on Thursday. The classes will be held on May 30 and June 6 as well and run from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Space is limited. Call 978-948-2850 to register.


Mark your calendars and get ready to run. Registration for the 5th annual Byfield Days 5K Road Race and 1-Mile Fun Run is now open at There’s fun for the whole family with races for the 12 and younger group, the under-age 18 group, and the adult set. All proceeds benefit the new Triton stadium project.


Be prepared for the Rowley Book Club discussion on June 6 and start reading “The Grief of Others” by Leah Hager Cohen. In her story, Cohen addresses the difficulty of how to balance personal decisions with family obligations as shown through one family’s pain as they cope with unexpected grief and a dark secret. Copies of the book are available at the library.


Michelle Pelletier Marshall covers Rowley for The Daily News. She can be reached at