Jean Deplacido column: Masco's Reimold a hit on clarinet, sax

JIM VAIKNORAS/Staff photo Masconomet softball standout Eliza Reimold has more talents than just snaring grounders in the infield — she's a talented musician studying at Tanglewood this summer.

Eliza Reimold is not only a terrific softball shortstop, who was named to the Cape Ann League First Team and Salem News All-Stars, but the Masconomet sophomore is also a talented musician.

This summer Reimold, who is 16-years old, is spending four weeks at Tanglewood at a camp that offers intense training. It is a first for Reimold, who was recommended by some of her teachers and then had to undergo a lengthy audition process before being chosen to participate.

“I’ve been to Tanglewood before, just as a spectator but have never performed there,” said Reimold, who is also a top student with a 4.7 GPA. “Music is very important to my family. My grandmother was a concert pianist, and my brother sings in the Children’s Boston Symphony Choir.

“I’m really excited about this opportunity. I know we’re going to practice for a long time each day, and will also get to perform. We stay in dorms right on the Tanglewood grounds for four weeks, rehearse, do chamber music, wind ensembles, and will be able to go to all the evening concerts for free. Tanglewood is home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the summer, and I’m really looking forward to being there for everything.”

Reimold said there is a lake where they’ll be able to cool off and swim. She left with her family last Sunday and won’t be back home in Boxford until August 1. She plays not only one instrument, but is proficient in the clarinet, piano, and saxophone.

“I think the clarinet is my favorite instrument,” she said. “I’ve been taking piano lessons since I was five-years old and playing the clarinet since fourth grade. I took up the saxophone because I wanted to play in a jazz band. I practice for an hour on the clarinet every day. I guess it’s in my genes and always a big part of my family’s life.”

Tanglewood is located in the Berkshires in the town of Lenox. Since 1937 it has been the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Boston Pops, James Taylor, many jazz and popular artists also make appearances during the summer.

Softball is something she does for fun, and while she would like to continue playing after high school it’s probably not going to be possible with the amount of time she devotes to music.

“I love softball, and I was looking forward to playing at the college level, but I think I’m going to be too busy with music. I hope to study music education or performance in college. I used to play for Polar Crush Club out of Wilmington in the summer, but I can’t do it this year.”

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Bobby Carpenter missed being home with his family too much to continue his work in China helping to develop youth hockey there in advance of the Beijing Olympic Games.

“It was a one time deal for a year and a great experience, but I would never do it again,” said Carpenter, the former NHL star, who grew up in Peabody and went to St. John’s Prep. Carpenter and his teammates on the 1979 state championship team got together for a 40th reunion recently. He was only a sophomore but already a star player on that squad.

“I had to be away in China for seven months which was too long for me to be away from family,” said the North Reading resident. “It was a wonderful opportunity to work with Mike Keenan (former coach of the Chicago Blackhawks and other NHL teams). When I knew Mike was involved I couldn’t say no.”

In 2017 Carpenter was named assistant coach for Kunlon Red Stars, and Keenan appointed head coach. Carpenter was also on the International Advisory Board, one of eight advisors including former Boston Bruins star Phil Esposito and other pro players given the task of improving hockey in China in advance of the 2022 Games in that country, and to train youths in the sport.

Carpenter, who already had pro hockey coaching experience as a Devils assistant, was also involved in Player Recruitment and Development.

Now that his commitment has ended he has more time to spend with his wife and kids. Son Bobo signed a two year entry level contract with the New York Islanders in March. The former BU star wasted little time scoring his first goal with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in his first game.

A center like his dad, Bobo had 10 goals and 19 assists last year for the Terriers.

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You can contact Jean DePlacido at JMDeplacido@aol.com

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