Microsoft Band released – a wearable, not a group of musicians

Microsoft quietly released the Microsoft Band, a wearable device that they’ve targeted to the fitness market, rather than take a shot at the general smartwatch market. It is compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, although if you have Cortana, it does support voice commands with that platform only. On sale today for $199.99 at the Microsoft Store and other places I’m sure.  More information from Microsoft at the Microsoft Band site.

Never Mind, The Microsoft Band Is Official

Messiah Sing!

I will be singing in the annual Messiah Sing! This is an awesome event where an all-volunteer community chorus sings G.F. Handel’s Messiah with professional Orchestral Accompaniment, under the direction of Jennifer Erdody, at the Mont Vernon Congregational Church. It’s a moving experience, so I hope you can attend!

There are two performances:

  • Saturday, December 6 at 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 7 at 4:00 PM

A free-will offering will be taken at each performance.

If you are interested in joining the chorus, there will be three rehearsals, all on Sunday evenings 6:45 – 9:00 PM, also at the Mont Vernon Congregational Church:

  • November 16
  • November 23
  • November 30

The G. Schirmer score is required; some copies will be available at rehearsal until supply runs out, or you can guarantee a copy by acquiring it yourself:

The Messiah: An Oratorio for Four-Part Chorus of Mixed Voices, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass Soli and Piano

Date: December 7, 2014
Time: 04:00-06:00 p.m.
Event: Messiah Sing!
Venue: Mont Vernon Congregational Church
(603) 673-3500
Location: 4 S. Main St.
Mont Vernon, NH 03057
Public: Public

Messiah Sing!
I will be singing in the annual Messiah Sing! This is an awesome event where an all-volunteer community chorus sings G.F. Handel’s Messiah with professional Orchestral Accompaniment, under the direction of Jennifer Erdody, at the Mont Vernon Congregational Church. It’s a moving experience, so I hope you can attend!

There are two performances:

  • Saturday, December 6 at 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 7 at 4:00 PM

A free-will offering will be taken at each performance.

If you are interested in joining the chorus, there will be three rehearsals, all on Sunday evenings 6:45 – 9:00 PM, also at the Mont Vernon Congregational Church:

  • November 16
  • November 23
  • November 30

The G. Schirmer score is required; some copies will be available at rehearsal until supply runs out, or you can guarantee a copy by acquiring it yourself:

The Messiah: An Oratorio for Four-Part Chorus of Mixed Voices, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass Soli and Piano

Date: December 6, 2014
Time: 07:00-09:00 p.m.
Event: Messiah Sing!
Venue: Mont Vernon Congregational Church
(603) 673-3500
Location: 4 S. Main St.
Mont Vernon, NH 03057
Public: Public

I will be appearing with the PB&J jazz band at the Pheasant Lane Mall. It’s free to attend, so come see us!

Date: December 6, 2014
Time: 01:00-02:00 p.m.
Event: PB&J to appear at the Pheasant Lane Mall
Venue: Pheasant Lane Mall
(603) 888-0005
Location: 310 Daniel Webster Hwy.
Nashua, NH 03060
Public: Public

Amazon Fire TV Stick heats up the streaming TV wars again

The Fire TV box wasn’t the only thing up Amazon’s sleeve for this holiday season although the initial supply has sold out, and they’re quoting “after Christmas” ship dates. They’ve also introduced the Fire TV Stick, to compete with the Google Chromecast and the Roku Streaming Stick. And at $19 for Amazon Prime members and $39 for everyone else, they just may sell a few of these.

If you still want to get in on the pre-order, they’re here: Fire TV Stick

Amazon’s $39 Apple TV Killer

I will be playing with the jazz band PB&J at the Nashua Holiday Stroll on Saturday, November 29 (the Saturday after Thanksgiving). This is both my and PB&J’s first appearance at this hallmark Nashua event, and I am very much looking forward to it!

Date: November 29, 2014
Time: 08:35-09:45 p.m.
Event: PB&J to appear at Nashua Holiday Stroll
Venue: 30 Temple Street - upstairs lobby
Location: 30 Temple Street
Nashua, NH 03060
Public: Public

The Temple Dance Band is a 16 piece band of local musicians committed to perpetuating the music of the big band era. We celebrate the great swing styles of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Les Brown, and forward through the years to include artists such as Maynard Ferguson and the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. The Temple Dance Band has performed across the area, from the Monadnock Region to York Beach, Maine.

We will be performing at the Community House Lawn stage from 2:00 – 3:00 PM on Sunday, October 12.

See you there!

Date: October 12, 2014
Time: 02:00-03:00 p.m.
Event: Temple Dance Band to appear at Milford Pumpkin Festival
Venue: Milford Community House
Location: 5 Union Street
Milford, NH 03055
Public: Public

Strong Tower is a Christian rock band of musicians from the praise bands of Milford-area churches. We bring our own stamp to music from a variety of artists and styles, from Kutless to Third Day to Casting Crowns, and originals as well. Music is one of the great ways God speaks to us, so come and share in the joy!

We’ll be playing at the Community House Lawn at 2:00 on Saturday, October 11. On the Festival’s web site, the time slot is listed as “Temple Dance Band”, but that’s in error, it’s us.

See you there!

Date: October 11, 2014
Time: 02:00-03:00 p.m.
Event: Strong Tower to appear at Milford Pumpkin Festival
Venue: Milford Community House
Location: 5 Union Street
Milford, NH 03055
Public: Public