, Derry, New Hampshire

July 11, 2013


Derry News

---- — Pinkerton students win music scholarships

CONCORD — The Freese Brothers Big Band has awarded scholarships that will enable six talented high school musicians, including two from Pinkerton Academy, to attend acclaimed summer music programs.

This year’s scholarship recipients include Adam Claussen, 16, of Derry. Adam, a junior, plays the alto saxophone in Pinkerton’s Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo. He will attend the Interlochen Summer Camp Jazz Program in Michigan.

Another recipient is Colby Hansen, 17, of Derry. Colby, a senior, plays the bass in her school’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo. She will attend the University of the Arts Summer Institute Music Program in Philadelphia.

The Freese Brothers Big Band has been keeping the sounds of swing and classic Big Band music alive since 1982. Formed by brothers Jack, Bill, George and Courtland Freese, the band performs throughout Northern New England.

Members volunteer their talent and donate band performance fees to the Freese Brothers Big Band Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund has awarded nearly $48,000 in scholarships to enable talented young musicians to enhance their musical ability.

The band welcomes tax deductible contributions in care of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, 37 Pleasant Street, Concord, 03301. For information, visit

Youth poetwinner celebrated

The 2013 Robert Frost Youth Poet winner for New Hampshire was honored at the famed poet’s Derry homestead on June 22. Angelika Bouley, a fourth-grader at Riddle Brook School in Bedford won the annual prize for her poem “Granite State Spring.”

The poem was selected from 400 entries submitted this year. The contest is hosted by the Trustees of the Robert Frost Homestead and the University of New Hampshire Library. The contest is open to all Granite State fourth-graders.

Visit for information and texts of all submitted poems.

Fall into fitnessand other classes

DERRY — It’s not too early to start thinking about things to do this fall to brush up on computer skills, fitness and even ballroom dancing.

The Derry Adult Education program will once again offer a full schedule of programs and classes that has something for everyone including the popular ballroom dancing, yoga, photography, art classes, computer skills and languages.

There will also be new offering in the fall including astrology and financial planning. To learn more call program director Barrie-jane Corey at 432-1245.