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Off The Hook at Concert On The Green

Filed under: Arts / Culture by Randy Harris at 3:28 pm on August 6, 2011

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Off The Hook band members Tony Maenzo (rhythm guitar), Ed Alderman (lead guitar), Renee Summer (vocals), Beth Gooch (vocals), Flavio Portugal (bass) and Chris Chipagio (drums) drew one of the largest crowds seen on the Framingham Village Green from well before the concert's 6:30p.m. start time -- and played into the night, leaving the crowd wanting more.

Off The Hook,  a Framingham, MA based "soulful funky rock band ", living up to the description playing its rendition or "Spooky" at Concert on the Green, August 5, 2011.

The Framingham based band mixed it up playing tunes that ranged from the Grateful Dead's "Dancing In The Street" to Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats", an original instrumental written by lead guitarist Ed Alderman, and tunes like ...[read more]

Framingham Blazers Summer Band

Filed under: Arts / Culture by Randy Harris at 3:48 pm on June 17, 2011
Bass drum from the original Framingham Blazers Band

Bass drum from the original Framingham Blazers Band

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Under the direction of Mr. Brian Cervone, band director at Framingham High School -- and in association with the Performing Arts Center of Metrowest, The Blazers Band is being revived as the Framingham Blazers Summer Band.

Participation is open to musicians in grades 8-12 as well as adults. Those who play wind instruments, percussion, and string instruments are encouraged to sign up.

Rehearsals will be at PAC, on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and occasional Tuesdays, starting June 22nd, 2011. There's still time to register, and it's free!

History of the Blazers Band

Founded in 1960 in conjunction with the Framingham Parks & Recreation Department, The Blazers Band was Framingham's hometown band throughout the 1960's, 70's and 80's .

Mr. Paul Bordeleau - Founder of Framingham Blazers Band

Mr. Paul Bordeleau, Framingham Blazers Band, Founder and first Musical Director, (1980's photo)

Founder and first musical director, Mr. Paul Bordeleau, was a teacher at Framingham's now-defunct Lincoln Junior High School and wanted a way for Framingham kids to continue practicing and playing their band instruments after the school year ended.  In 1963, when the newly constructed Framingham North High School was built, Mr. Bordeleau became the school's first band director.

The Blazers Band was a family oriented organization -- a group of Framingham ladies sewed the red and white striped blazers that band members wore, and decades of Framingham families supported the band and participated in band activities.

The organization grew to include the marching band, a color guard, jazz band, a stage band that performed "Big Band" style,  and of course -- The Blazeretts, a troupe of baton twirlers in matching red and ...[read more]

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