NAUGATUCK, CT (April 24, 2012) – Naugatuck Public Schools' annual music festival, known locally as the BoroughFest, is scheduled for this Friday, April 27, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Naugatuck High School Auditorium. The long standing musical tradition is now celebrating will be celebrating its 31st year. This year’s concert will feature bands from all levels as well asrecorder ensemble of fourth grade students. A guest conductor, Jason DeGroff, will also take part in this year’s festival.
Jason DeGroff has made quite a name for himself while serving as the director for the University of New Haven’s marching band but his music experience is rather diverse.
Kathy Dravis, the instrumental instructor “He’s worked with students of all ages as a band director and instrumental instructorso he was the perfect fit for our music festival.” Robert Hughes Jr., the current instrumental director for Naugatuck High School went on to add, "It is important for students to workwith a wide range of conductors and teachers. It gives them a better understanding of what is expected from musicians and can often give them a fresh perspective on the music they are playing."
When asked about the concert Jennifer Kruge, principal of Salem School and supervisor to the music department said she was looking forwardto the event and wanted to especially thank the teachers. “I am grateful forthe hardwork and dedication of our music teacher who work together tirelesslyto make this event possible.”
The concert is open to the public and there is asmall donation requested at the door which helps to pay for the expenses of puttingon the music festival. Kruge encouraged the public to attend this remarkableand memorable event, adding “Our students are so talented and gifted. This music festival is just one of theways we are able to showcase their amazing accomplishments and abilities.”