Navy Band Northeast (NBNE) will hold its third annual Alumni Concert at St. Michael’s Country Day School in Newport on August 17 at 6pm. Led by its Director, Lieutenant Joel Borrelli-Boudreau, the alumni-augmented NBNE Pops Ensemble will perform traditional works for concert band and feature vocalists who perform patriotic classics, operatic arias, and Broadway showstoppers. This special performance will also feature an Alumni Big Band led by Chief Warrant Officer (Retired) Terry Chesson and Lieutenant Commander (Retired) Carl Gerhard, performing jazz and swing favorites. The ensembles comprise all active duty members of Navy Band Northeast as well as past band members who come especially to play for this must-hear event. St. Michael’s Country Day School is located at 180 Rhode Island Avenue, Newport RI. The concert is free and open to the public.

Navy Band Northeast Director Lieutenant Joel Borrelli-Boudreau is from Methuen, Massachusetts. He holds a Master of Arts in conducting from George Mason University, a Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from The Catholic University of America, and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory. Borrelli-Boudreau enlisted into the U.S. Naval Academy Band, performing with the Concert Band, Next Wave Big Band, Brass Quintet, Trombone Quartet, and marching/ceremonial units. In September of 2010, he was promoted to the rank of Chief Petty Officer, and subsequently received his commission in October 2012. He has served officer tours as Director, Navy Band Fleet Support Unit and Training Support Officer, Naval School of Music. In November of 2014, he was assigned as Assistant Director, U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band, and in June of 2017, was promoted to Director, Navy Band Northeast in Newport, RI. LT Borrelli-Boudreau’s personal military decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, as well as numerous other unit and personal awards.

Established in 1974, Navy Band Northeast is based on board Naval Station Newport and is one of 11 official U.S. Navy bands worldwide, providing musical support for military ceremonies, recruiting, morale and retention programs, and community relations. This group of 30 professional Navy musicians supports more than 300 engagements annually throughout an 11-state area of responsibility, performing regularly for high-ranking military and civilian dignitaries, Navy Recruiting, public outreach and awareness efforts, and partnership in education programs throughout the Northeast United States. The primary components of Navy Band Northeast are: Pops Ensemble, Marching and Ceremonial Bands, Popular Music Group, Brass Quintet, Woodwind Quintet, and Woodwind Trio. All ensembles perform a wide range of music from patriotic, classical, contemporary, big band swing, country, and the latest top-40 hits.

Theatre at St. Michael’s is proud to present the final performance of the summer, “As You Like It” on Friday, August 11th and Saturday, August 12th at 7:00.  This performance will feature actors ages 9 – 15, who have spent the past two weeks studying and bringing to life William Shakespeare’s lively comedy, supported behind the scenes by tech campers who have built the set and will run technical aspects of the show.  Imagine a world with disguises and capers galore… add true love, banishment, and a bunch of wild and crazy outcasts living in the forest, and you have William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” In this production’s interpretation, the Forest of Arden is reimagined as a casino in Las Vegas where anything can happen – love at first sight, fortunes won and lost, old friends reuniting, and of course, Elvis!  Christina Johnston is directing the show, assisted by Jessica Reeg, choreography is by Nicole Chagnon, and technical direction is by Patrick Grimes.

The performance is in Hill House Arts and Athletic Center at St. Michael’s School, and is free and open to the public, with donations welcome at the door.  For more information, please contact Christina Johnston at (401) 849-5970 x411 or email 

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The clinic is currently full.  If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please email Mollie Williams,

Mollie Williams, Head of Middle School, will be offering a Spring outdoor field hockey clinic for Middle School girls during the months of March, April, and May. Field hockey is one of the oldest sports in the world. You can find evidence that Egyptians played a sport very similar to modern day field hockey as long as 4,000 years ago.  There are several key differences between indoor field hockey and outdoor field hockey.

Field Size

Team Size




Between 40-50 yards long and 22 yards long

5-6 players

Lighter and more flexible. Made for a faster surface

More like ice hockey–use of sideboards for passing


100 yards long;

60 yards wide

16 players

Made of hardwood or composite for power

More spread out. No use of sideboards.


There is a $50 fee for the entire clinic, payable by check, made out to:

St. Michael’s Country Day School
Attn: Mollie Williams
180 Rhode Island Avenue
Newport, RI 02840


Participants must come with the proper equipment. All players must have an outdoor field hockey stick, shin guards, a mouth guard, and a water bottle. All of these items can be found on Amazon.  Space is limited, players will be accepted on a first come; first served basis.

Pre-registration and Payment are required to secure a spot in the clinic.  Please use the form below or email Mollie Williams,


Parent Information Meeting

When: Wednesday, December 7, 8:15 – 9:00 pm
Where: The Betsy Wylie Conference Room, in the Rose Canepari Library.
What: Join us for a conversation about the school’s Campus Master Plan initiative (see below), Strategic Planning, expansion of our InnovationLab, curriculum directions, and an open discussion about issues important to you!

Campus Master Plan Meeting

When: Tuesday, January 10 at 7:00 pm

What is the Campus Master Plan?

Over the next three months, we will be working with the architecture firm, designLab Architects, to create a Campus Master Plan for the school campus.  The plan will demonstrate how campus buildings and functions (present and future) might be best integrated on the existing site plan here at St. Michael’s.  Members of the firm will be listening for your ideas, including

  • How to thoughtfully separate dual function spaces (like the Arts and Gym)
  • How to best manage potential uses of The Cottage
  • How to redesign parking and drop off/pick queues
  • Any classrooms and areas that we may need to keep in mind for future uses

The end result will be a bird’s eye view of the campus as it might look in twenty years.

In order to create the plan, members of the designLab team will be meeting with various school groups to discuss space needs and compile a list of things to consider in their design process.  The designLab team will also be meeting with interested parents on Tuesday, January 10 at 7:00 pm.  Please mark the date in your calendar.  It is very important that we get broad participation from our parents.  Thank you!

imagesHave you every wondered about the range of schools available to your child for high school? Come learn more about local independent schools at our High School fair. Over two-dozen schools will be represented including schools from Aquidneck Island, South County RI, the greater Providence region, and across New England states. Day schools, boarding schools, and both secular and parochial schools will be represented.

The event is designed for families across the greater Newport and South County region whose children are currently in 6th or 7th grade, but families with children of all ages are welcomed.