The Headbangers: (left to right) Andrea, Crystal,
Joe, Mike, Holly, Colleen, Dan, Carlos, Mayumi, Nick, Jon
Hi! Welcome to the Headbangers Home Page! We're a band
made up of students from Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton, Massachusetts.
We play an eclectic blend of Rock, Jazz, Pop, Reggae and Classical music.
Because all of the members of the band have disabilities
we don't play using traditional musical instruments. Instead, we use a variety
of adaptive computer input devices as a way to control a music synthesizer.
Many of us use head switches to trigger musical events (thus our name "Headbangers"),
but we also use a variety of other devices as well (see the photos below).
Our main software program, Super Switch Ensemble, was written by our teacher,
- Colleen demonstrates
a single switch
- Mike uses an
Intellikeys to jam
- Joe demonstrates
his two switch technique
- Carlos plays
along with Mike
- Nick demonstrates
his foot switch
- Andrea plays
- Dan plays with
a chin switch
- Holly demonstrates
her squeeze switch
- Joe sings to Crystal's accompaniment
- Photos of the band rehearsing
- Photos of the band in concert
These songs were created by both past and present members
of the band. You will need to have the free QuickTime Plug-in to listen
to the music. Get it
All Through The Night
- We play this traditional lullaby using a series of switches
in much the same way that a group might use handbells.
- This is Japanese folk song which we play in our head/handbell
style. Finally, we get to use our synthesizer's Japanese instrument sounds!
Low Tone Blues
- A blues jam featuring (digitized) vocals and an organ
solo played on an Intellikeys keyboard.
I'll Be There For You
- A pop-ballad with Joe on (digitized) vocals.
A Wild Rose
- A short romantic piano piece by Edward MacDowell (1861-1908).
We play this in our hand/head bell style.
- This is an excerpt from a bossa nova jam.
- A song that we performed in a recent holiday concert.
- A group jam with Holly on (digitized) vocals.
- A simple song with Mike on digital vocals and Crystal