Concert Band

Burlington All-Town Band Concert

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I hope you all had a very nice vacation.  I hope everyone’s ready to practice because after our Winter Concert, there is little time to prepare for our Annual Burlington All-Town Band Concert.  It will be in March and include all bands from every school in the town.  All of the fourth graders will play together in one big band (includes Francis Wyman, Pine Glen, Fox Hill and Memorial students), while all of the 5th graders will perform together as well.  We will also hear the Middle school bands (yes, including our Concert Band) and the High School will play for us also.  The concert will end with a grand version of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,”  played by every band student in the town.  We are really looking forward to this!!!!  More info to follow.

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Practice makes permanent.

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It’s that time of year to remind students to practice their instruments.  There are scales to learn and songs to perform, especially with concerts coming in January, March and May.  Remember to practice small sections slowly, until you can play them up to speed.  Then try adding music before and after these sections.  If you just practice the entire song over and over again, chances are you are going to mess up in the same place every time.  Practice does not make perfect, it makes permanent.   Don’t learn those sections (the hard ones especially) permanently wrong.  Take it in small sections and take it slow.  Once you learn how to play it correctly, you’ll have it up to speed in no time.

Good luck!  I know you can do it!

ps.  Don’t forget to go to your weekly small group lessons.

Looking for Christmas presents?

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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

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Click on the Schedule page for lesson schedule and upcoming events.

Summer lessons with Mrs. Gendron

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Lessons available for flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone and percussion

Catch up with classmates or even get ahead.  Preparing to move on to middle school or high school?  Want to get into Symphonic Band?  Learning a new instrument?  This is a perfect time for individualized instruction and usually the fastest way to learn.  My name is Kerry Gendron and I am currently a band director at the Francis Wyman Elementary school and at the Marshall Simonds Middle School.  Take weekly lessons or just schedule them as you have time.  I play 15 instruments and am ready to teach this summer.

Where:   1 Pine Ridge Rd, Burlington, MA

Times:   Tuesday – Thursday at your convenience (doesn’t have to be weekly, and I am flexible with the schedule when I                need to be)

Other:     Lessons take place at my residence.  Lessons will be private, but groups   are welcome.  

Price:     $20 per half hour;  $14 each for groups

Email me at

Starts the week of June 29, 2015.

Summer opportunity

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Want to see your student improve this summer?  Try summer lessons.  Not only can you go to the Real School of Music in Burlington, but I do private and group lessons during the summer.  So far the days are Tuesday -Thursday, but I can always make exceptions.  Come weekly or just a few times.  Every minute with a private teacher is valuable.

Please send me an email to

Click here for more info.