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Peck Place’s Giuliano to Play in Prestigious Band Festival

Peck Place’s Giuliano to Play in Prestigious Band Festival

By Melissa Nicefaro – Orange Town News Correspondent

When Laci Giuliano was in fourth grade at Peck Place School, she, like hundreds of other Orange children, was given the opportunity to choose an instrument and play in the school band. Just two years after picking up the flute for the first time, now in sixth grade, Laci has been accepted to play in the Southern Regional Middle School (SRMS) Band Festival in February. School band members from grades 6, 7, & 8 are eligible to audition.

Orange Elementary Schools Band Director Gina Patrick is very proud of Laci and says, “Participation in such a high level band is an amazing experience for the kids. The intake of musical knowledge cannot be matched- even in private lessons. Laci, already an excellent flute player, will learn more about phrasing, breath support, the importance of dynamics and intonation and music theory.”

Laci’s mom, Tina, says Laci simply loves playing the flute, expressing interest in it at the beginning of 4th grade and joining the school band. Laci then started taking private lessons in April of 2013 at the Neighborhood Music School and she, of course, wanted her own flute. “We told her that if she saved money to buy one, that we would match her dollar for dollar. It took her a few months and by last fall she had enough money to buy the flute she wanted,” Tina Giuliano says, adding, “We have never had to remind her or ask her to practice. She is self-motivated to play. Our family is very proud of her accomplishment.”

“Laci did very well in the audition. I was able to see her score sheets afterwards. She scored very high in all areas!” Patrick says.

“Laci started flute lessons with me at Peck Place in 4th grade. She advanced quickly to the point that one lesson per week was not enough for her. She started to take private lessons. She continued to advance in her knowledge and expertise through fifth grade. That’s when I started to prepare her for regional auditions because we knew that she would be able to audition as a sixth-grader,” Patrick explains.

For the audition, students are asked to prepare a solo piece to perform for the judges. The student gets to select her piece from the “required” list with options that are easy, medium, or challenging. “Laci chose the most challenging one! Her piece was one that many 8th graders may not even choose,” Patrick says.

Students must also play a major scale and a chromatic scale. Aside from the chromatic scale, the students must learn and memorize seven major scales, but don’t know until the audition which major scale they will be asked to play. Both scales- the major and chromatic - must be played at a certain speed and rhythm, according to Patrick.

“Finally, each student is asked to sight read. This means the adjudicators will give them a short piece of music to play that the student has never seen before, and has not been able to practice ahead of time. They give the student approximately one minute to look over the piece before playing. Laci had to determine the key signature and look through to make sure she knew all the notes, rhythms, dynamics, tempo, slurs, staccatos, repeats, etc.” Patrick says.

Laci’s performance at the audition means that she will perform in the SRMS Band festival on February 28. She will attend intense rehearsals on that Friday afternoon and Saturday morning in preparation for the Saturday afternoon concert. “At this young age, a child must be intrinsically motivated in order to succeed at this level. The child truly loves to practice their instrument. To them it is not practice, it is playing. They soon discover that the more they play, the easier their instrument is to master. They discover that they don’t even have to practice as much to master challenging music. This, of course, results in a happy, high level player,” Patrick says.

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Al-Anon Parents Meeting, Monday nights, 7:30pm year-round, United Church of Christ, Plymouth Building, 18 West Main Street, Milford – supporting parents of alcoholics and/or substance abusers. For more information, go to or call Margaret at (203) 877-4313.

Al-Anon Meeting
, Monday mornings, 10:00 - 11:30am, Holy Infant Church Hall, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange; a support group for relatives and friends of alcoholics. For more information, contact

Nicotine Anonymous Meetings,
Mondays, 6:30 – 7:30pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, 21 Robert Treat Parkway, Milford, open to all, no dues or fees, only requirement is the desire to be free of nicotine. For more information, call Bridges, 203-878-6365.

Zumba Gold Classes At Congregation Or Shalom, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, simple and easy routines to follow, designed for people of all ages and no experience is needed. If interested, call Robin at 203.314.8176 or temple office at 203.799.2341.

Clean Energy Task Force of Orange, meets on the third Tuesday of every month at HPCC, 525 Orange Center Road, conference room, 8 o'clock. The public is invited.

Orange Arts & Culture Council meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month, 7:30pm, HPCC, 525 Orange Center Road, check chalk board for meeting room. The public is invited.

Orange Recycling Committee meets every 3rd Wednesday 7:30pm, HPCC conference room, 525 Orange Center Road, public is invited to attend. For more information, email

Elm City Kennel Club General Meetings, third Wednesday of each month, except during July and August, 7:30pm, Paws’N Effect, 36 Corporate Ridge Drive (off Sherman Avenue), Hamden. For more information, contact New Member Coordinators Gary Wilson, at 203-996-2245 ( or Maureen Anderson, at 203-430-5229 ( Next meeting Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Refreshments will be served. Our April meeting will include a program on AKC Dog Shows 101.

Blood Pressure Clinic
presented by Gentiva & Maplewood of Orange, 1st Thursday of every month, Maplewood of Orange, 245 Indian River Road, 1:30-2:30pm in the Community Room. No appointment necessary.

The Rotary Club of Orange
meets every Friday, 12:15pm at the Racebrook Country Club, 246 Derby Avenue; prospective new members may contact Diane Eger at 203-530-4526 or visit for information about the club.

Orange Historical Society Academy Antique & Gift Shop Museum
, open Saturdays, 10:00am-3:00pm. For information call 203-795-3106.