The boys have had a band called the Foresters for several years now, but really started gelling as a band this past September when they bought their own instruments (September 18, 2010)

Ali and I have really been enjoying watching the boys grow as a band. Each of them has emerged with important skills and strengths that make it possible for them to work and grow together. I talked to them about this tonight at dinner these are my observations:

Hayden (Bass)- Musicologist and Band Spirit. Hayden has been studying rock books for months. It seems as if he is working on memorizing every member of every rock band from the past 40 years! He gets his brothers excited about hearing all different kind of bands and is perpetually plugging his ipod into any set of speakers he can find so he can share his latest discovery.  Hayden is also the one we will find practicing his moves in the mirror. When they had their first concert at the Amity Teen Center, Hayden was the one who got props for the band members to wear and made sure to bring little things with him on stage that he could throw into the crowd. Hayden is the one who will make sure the people coming to the show are having a good time.

Liam (Drums)- The Backbone and Glue Being the drummer in the band it is fitting to call Liam the backbone. He not only holds the band together with his beats, but even more importantly he motivates his brothers to practice even if they don’t really feel like it. Liam is the one who will make them a great band because practice makes perfect and he understands that it takes hard work to become great. Liam has been known to play until he has blisters on his fingers. He is the glue that binds the band together and allows the whole to be greater than the sum of its parts.

Evan (Guitar)- Creative Mastermind and Teacher. Evan has an amazing gift.  He is able to write songs and lyrics making it seem completely effortless. He writes at least 1 or 2 new songs a week. When he goes to guitar lesson his teacher is continually amazed at the new ideas Evan comes up with.  Evan also is able to work on song samples and loops on the Mac This is building his recording and production skills. On top of all of this, Evan is a patient and nurturing teacher. This is not easy to do, but when Evan finishes writing a song, he is able to teach his brothers their parts. I’ve seen instances where the part he originally wrote was too hard for one of his brothers to play so he went back to the drawing board and rewrote it in a way that made it easier for them.

This has been such an amazing learning experience for the boys. Each of them is discovering and developing their skill while at the same time having fun working together.  I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for them!

Remember that waasup!?! Superfriends parody?
Here is his Homestar Runner version my son made.

Really funny!

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Jack wears many hats.

Since 2008, Jack has worked as the Director of Client Service for ROI making sure that projects get done on time and on budget. Jack is also an integral part of new product development, marketing and new business efforts. He has worked with such clients as SuperVau, Safeway, Giant Eagle, Tops, Shop Rite and Conagra.

Jack runs a digital consulting company where he is a trusted digital handyman for a diverse cast of clients. Jack also works with the  Montreal based Digital Boutique Agency, Alloy North America as a Senior Account Executive. Jack Led projects for Alloy NA clients including website builds, site architecture, technology platform migration, content generation, search engine optimization, search engine marketing, digital content projection and social media management. 

Jack has over 15 years of experience developing and utilizing cutting edge technology and information systems.  He previously led Mason Interactive where he was responsible for helping to strategically integrate the Internet, social media and online marketing into all areas of Mason’s B2B and B2C clients businesses.  Jack also served two terms as the chairman of the American Association of Association of Advertising Agencies IT Committee. Jack was responsible for technology-related issues and devising solutions for agencies and their clients across the country.

Before coming to Mason, Jack was a Network Engineer in charge of the remote offices throughout the United States for Mercedes Benz Credit Corporation.  His time at Mercedes gave him vast experience with both network and Internet technologies.

Jack lives in Bethany with his wife and 3 boys. He is very involved in the New Haven community including GoogleHaven (, Social Web Week Connecticut (, and BCS Robotics ( He is also an avid music fan and enjoys helping his 3 son’s band The Foresters ( as a roadie and as the founder of the Lakeview Lodge Music Series (