Month: May 2016

June 9th cookout

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June 9th, there will be a cookout at the school for the whole music department. All chorus and band members are expected to go.  see you then.


Tuesday lessons

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Since I will be needed at the Francis Wyman Dress rehearsal tomorrow morning, Tuesday morning lessons have been moved to 12:00pm.  This does not include the tenor saxes.


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What an amazing concert. I’m so impressed with the maturity of the Concert Band. You/they worked so hard!!!

Spring Concert 5/19

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MSMS Concert Band Spring Concert 2016

Thursday, May 19th:  7:00pm performance

Students arrive:  6:30pm, MSMS Cafeteria

Wear:  Band T-shirt or plain bright blue t-shirt, dark bottom, dark shoes (if possible)

Bring:  Instrument, music

We’ve order the Band t-shirts.  They should arrive in the mail soon, definitely before the concert.

Don’t forget to practice

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May 19th Concert:  7:00pm


dragon picture

  • Pictures at an Exhibition
  • The Lost Kingdom
  • The Year of the Dragon

Looking for Birthday presents?

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Haven’t upgraded to a Middle or High School mouthpiece?  Now’s the time.

As a student matures, their sound improves and they start to need better equipment.  A great start is a mouthpiece.  Here is a suggested list:

Burlington Public Schools – Suggested Mouthpieces by Level


Clarinet – Beginner/Intermediate: Dolce

Advanced: VanDoren 5 RV Lyre Mouthpiece (not the B45)

Bass Clarinet – Beginner/Intermediate: Dolce

Advanced: Consult Private Teacher

Alto Sax – Beginner/Intermediate: Dolce (Medium Chamber) or Selmer C*

Advanced: Caravan

Tenor Sax – Beginner/Intermediate: Dolce or Selmer C*

Advanced: Caravan or Rascher

Bari Sax – Beginner/Intermediate: Dolce or Selmer C*

Advanced: Caravan

Single Reeds: Beginner – VanDoren 2.5, Intermediate – VanDoren 3, Advanced – VanDoren 3.5/4

***For Dolce and Caravan Mouthpieces, please support our local music stores by contacting them first! If they do not have those mouthpieces in stock, please check and***


Trumpet – Beginner (Elementary): Bach 7C

Intermediate (Middle School): Bach 5C

Advanced (High School): Bach 3C, 1.5C

French Horn – Beginner/Intermediate: Schilke 27 or Holton-Farkas

Advanced: Schilke 29/30

Trombone/Euphonium – Beginner (Elementary): Bach 12C

Intermediate (Middle School): Bach 6.5 AL

Advanced: Bach 5G or Schilke 51(D)

Tuba – Beginner/Intermediate: Conn Helleberg

Advanced: Consult Private Teacher

Amazing Band Recording

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Listen to Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor.  Mallory Thompson is the guest conductor.  I took a conducting course with her for 2 weeks in Cincinnati, OH.

8th Grade Band Members

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To:  New Burlington High School Band Members
From:  Mr. B, BHS Band Director

Hope you had a relaxing Spring Break! Wanted to update you on some specific events for the 8th Graders for next year. I have launched a new band website, which has an up-to-date Google Calendar, all the way through the end of band camp:

Starting on May 3rd, we are offering both “Color Guard Spring Training” and
“Percussion Spring Training,” on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8 PM.

These are rehearsals designed for next year’s group (current grades 8-11) as an introduction to both the Percussion section and the Color Guard. We will have instructors who will be working with students, teaching fundamentals, educating them about what to expect for next year, as well as maybe a few getting-to-know-you bonding activities.

Also on the Calendar is a

Band Meeting and Ice Breaker on June 8th. We have planned a meeting with ALL of next year’s band students and parents from 6-6:30, where we will share any necessary information about Band Camp and rehearsals, as well as an Ice Breaker rehearsal for all students from 6:30-8.

This will give 8th graders a chance to check out instruments for the summer, meet the other members of their section, make sure they have all of the music for the Fall show, and have a quick rehearsal to help us get started on the right path.


Check it out

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Check out the Help with Instruments page on this blog.