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Mr. Giampietro conducts combined ensembles at the 2022 Westport Pops Concert June 10

Please refer to this website throughout the school year for updated information about events & performances.

OCT 6  Orch & Band Concert

7:30 pm, Staples Auditorium


OCT 13  Fall Parlor Concert

7:30 pm, Southport Trinity Episcopal Church

NOV 15  Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orch Concert

7:30 pm, Location TBD

NOV 19  HS Western Region Auditions

9:00am, Ridgefield HS

DEC 16  Candlelight 

8:00pm, Staples Auditorium

DEC 17  Candlelight 

3:00pm & 8:00pm, Staples Auditorium



SHS Musicians Receive National Honors!

Two music department students have received All-National honors! In November, Delaney McGee (trumpet) and Witt Lindau (drums) will both be participating in the National Association for Music Education honors orchestra and "modern band" (rock band) respectively. In order to be eligible, both students needed to have already earned All State honors, and then were selected by video audition from the top student musicians across the country.

Additionally, Jason Capozucca (bassoon), Ana Jahnel (tenor saxophone) and Kendra Cheng (violin) were selected as alternates.

Shout Out to Mr. G, Recognized by ASBDA

The American School Band Directors Association acknowledged and nominated our own Mr. Giampietro as a candidate for membership. The prestigious ASBDA promotes distinction in leadership, mentorship and musicianship and recognizes excellence in teaching.

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Highlights from the Westport Pops Concert, June 10, 2022. Photos by Allison Ginzburg.

Westport Pops, A Magical Night

It was another magical night under the stars at the Levitt on June 10! The weather, music, directors and MC David Pogue all aligned to create a memorable performance.

The Staples Music Department would like to thank and acknowledge those who help make this concert possible: The Staples Music Parents Association and SMPA Pops Committee; Levitt Pavilion Directors Freda & Carleigh Welsh and staff; the ad patrons and donors who generously supported our concertDavid Pogue for being this year’s MC; Jacob Friedman & Ms. Carla Eichler, for Pops design & artwork; Performance Audio, Inc. for sound; Mr. Jim Honeycutt for video recording, Miles Katz for lighting; and the entire Staples Music community for its unyielding support of quality music education in our schools. This support has enabled us to be recognized as a National Best Community for Music Education since 2013 as well as a Grammy Signature School

National Semifinalist.

SHS Tri-M, New Year, New Website

The SHS Tri-M Music Honor Society, an honor society of student musicians, is ready for new challenges this year and launches a new website to keep students informed of the latest happenings. President Julia Herlyn and Advisor Ms Mascaro are excited for what this year has in store. Check out the new SHS Tri-M website at https://sites.google.com/view/staplestri-m/home.

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Westport Public Schools Music Program Receives Best Community for Music Education Recognition

The Westport Public Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for the 10th year in a row. Recognized for its outstanding commitment to music education,  Westport joins 623 districts across the country in receiving this prestigious award for 2022. 

The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. Districts that have been recognized by the NAMM Foundation are often held up as models for other educators looking to elevate their own music education programs. 

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Westport answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. The Music Department has been fortunate to forge partnerships with community organizations such as the Westport Library, the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, PTA Cultural Arts and WestPAC, all who recognize and value the importance of the arts in education.

This award also recognizes that Westport is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA recommends music and the Arts as important elements in a well-rounded education for all children.

The Westport Music Department’s Vision is to develop our students’ artistic literacy and global awareness by growing their ability to create, perform and respond to diverse music at the highest level in a safe and nurturing environment.


Music has been a timeless way of communication when there were no other words to be said. It can have the power to heal, unify, and transcend all boundaries. It is now more than ever that we need to stay connected in order to listen and learn from each other.

Black Lives Matter.

We stand by our mission to prepare all students to reach their full potential as life-long learners and socially responsible contributors to our global community, yet we remain teachable ourselves in our efforts in order to fully promote that mission through and beyond the current and ongoing racial injustices.

We are proud to be a part of a national association that promotes equity and we stand united with you as the Staples Music community accepting of all of our differences in the hope for a better future. 

We Are Listening. 

Mr. Giampietro, Ms. Mascaro, Ms. Hockensmith,

Mr. Rosenberg, Mrs. Serpliss, Mr. Winters

National Association for Music Education Statement

Equity and Access in Music Education

Inclusivity and Diversity in Music Education