Greg Neveu with his “Nimbus 9” at Barnstead, NH last July.
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by Anura Guruge
1. ‘Nimbus 9’ with Greg Neveu
>>… — July 30, 2013.
2. ACS/Barnstead concert … — May 23, 2014.
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This is beyond great news. Greg Neveu is an gifted musician and an inspired teacher. WOW. WOW. WOW.
That he is coming to Alton Central School (ACS), as their new music director, has to be the best thing that has happened to ACS in a long time.
We have been HUGE fans of Greg since we saw him trot the Barnstead kids through a joint ACS, Prospect Mountain and BES concert …maybe 3 years ago. The segments featuring Greg and his students were head and shoulders above anything else. You could just tell. This guy was good.
Then Deanna found out that he played with Nimbus 9. We went, that year itself (I think), and saw they play at the Barnstead ‘Green’. We were sold. Deanna started following them on Facebook.
Last Summer she made sure that we didn’t miss their concert in Barnstead. It was very good. A delightful Summer evening.
Then just a few weeks ago we saw Greg with the BES students at this year’s joint concert. Yet again Greg’s segment was exceptional.
He is good.
That he is leaving Barnstead to come to Alton, to me, is a miracle. Wonder what prompted him. Maybe, it quite literally, is a ‘bigger stage’ for him. Hope so.
Yes, I found out that the kids are very sad to see Mrs. von Oeyen leave. They think she was great. So it appears that among the kids the news of Greg coming to ACS (which they had heard) has been tempered by the fact that Mrs. von Oeyen is leaving. That is OK. It is good to have teachers that are that popular with the kids.
I tried to see if Devanee will change her plans for music next year, in 8th grade, now that Greg Neveu will be at hand. Appears not! On the music front she is all set with Clearlakes Chorale and her new gig with Great Waters Festival Chorus. Though she doesn’t get any instructions per se with Clearlakes she still learns a lot from singing with them — and this fall will be her 3rd year with them! I think the set-up with Great Waters will be different and maybe she will get some instruction.
As I said just a few weeks ago after the joint concert Greg is up there alongside Paul Warnick of Gilford (our all time favorite) and Robbie Burns in Kingswood, Wolfeboro. I would say he was, as is to be expected, just a notch below Brewster’s and Clearlakes immensely gifted Andy Campbell. But, Andy is slightly older has had a ton of education at some crème de la crème institutions. I can see Greg, in time, getting as proficient as Andy. Maybe that will be his long term career path. Replace Andy at Brewster ten or fifteen years from now.
Welcome Greg. You made our week.
P.S., With Greg as music director I hope he finds some talent in-house so that at the 2015 joint concert the accompaniment can be done by somebody at ACS as opposed to an import.
Was sorry to hear that Mrs. Hamel is retiring. We like her. But, I trust that I will continue to see her, weekly, starting September, at Clearlakes practice. So that is good.
News re. IT department wasn’t all good because we kind of have a suspicion as to who will take over and it will be a case of going from the frying pan to the fire. And on that ‘subject’ it distresses me, but at the same time amuses me, how MBAs have been totally and utterly devalued and essentially have been made pointless by mail-order MBAs. When I first came over here most MBAs were from Ivy League institutions and folks that had those MBAs were impressive. But now any clown who can come up with the money can essentially buy an MBA or for that matter any degree. Shame. That is why I put little stock in formal education.
So before I close and move on how come we didn’t have a farewell party, after school, for the dear, departing principal who is legging it to Gilford as fast as she comes (though I am hearing that she can forget a ‘honeymoon’ and that her reception will not be as ‘warm’ as she would have liked). I am sure that there was an evening farewell party for the previous principal Bonnie Kuras who left in 2011. I think it was combined with something else but folks, like us, did get a chance to wish her well before she went. I asked a parent whether they had heard about any ‘party’ for the departing principal given what I had remembered for bonny Bonnie and her reply cracked me up: “Well, people liked Bonnie Kuras”. I guess that is that. I was disappointed. Oh, what hypocrisy by some … but they know no better.