Rick Carlisle Jazzes up Hockaday

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle stopped by Hockaday with musician Joseph Vincelli on Tuesday for a jam session. Photos courtesy of Charlotte Hoskins

With the NBA lockout in full swing, Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle is making good use of his spare time. On Tuesday, he conducted a music assembly with musician Joseph Vincelli. Go to the jump for more photos and information on the event.

Alexandria Shaw, Audrey McManemin, Alexandra McGeoch, Alexandra Crosnoe, and Gigi Lancaster enjoyed Rick Carlisle’s music assembly.

Carlisle’s Music Workshop

DALLAS, Texas (November 15, 2011) Dallas Mavericks head coach, Rick Carlisle and musician Joseph Vincelli conducted a music assembly at The Hockaday School Tuesday, November 15. Carlisle and Vincelli have done a series of music assemblies around Dallas.

Carlisle plays the piano and Vincelli plays both the flute and saxophone. Both discussed the importance of music and how enriching music is to our lives. Carlisle asked the 1st through 8th grade students, “What goes into learning an instrument,” and the students responded, “Practice, dedication, and discipline.” The point of this message is that these habits help make you successful further on in life. Carlisle said, “Music can be enriching and what goes into learning an instrument or anything for that matter will follow you throughout life.”

Vincelli accompanied students as they played the piano. He plays the National Anthem at some of the Mavericks home games as well. Be introduced to music at the ripe young age of 9, started playing the saxophone. He worked very hard in high school, because he realized he was pretty good at music and he loved the way it made him feel. He attended Boston College’s School of Music and now has his own recording label. Vincelli said, “Playing music has not always been easy. I have given up fun things in order to practice.” It took discipline to learn his instruments. The joy he finds in performing and the ease at which he plays music now is the reward for all of his hard work.

Students were invited to the stage to sing and play the piano in front of their peers. Every time a request was made by Carlisle for volunteers, hundreds of hands popped up in true Hockaday fashion. A few students who ventured on stage would trip up on their memorized music (that they had not prepared for this event mind you) but Carlisle stated, “Even if we stumble we don’t give up. We keep trying, we get back up and eventually we win.”

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