Good morning all,

I hope this email finds you all well. It is hard to believe we are already 1/8 of the way through the year (just thought I’d throw out the reality check for the seniors)!! This week is a pleasant change for us.  Just a quick reminder that tomorrow night is open house.


Wednesday, October 4th

            2:15 p.m – Honors Festival Auditions Help

6:00 p.m – OPEN HOUSE! We hope to see everyone throughout the night at open house


Thursday, October 5th

                        7:00 a.m – Morning Band

            2:15 p.m – Honors Festival Auditions Help

            4:00 p.m – 6:00 p.m – Tuesday Jazz – This move is to accommodate open house as well as a VERY busy athletic schedule this week

            5:30 p.m – EVERY Thursday Jazz section has a sectional. Section leaders will run it.          

6:00 p.m – Thursday Jazz


Friday, October 6th

            7:30 a.m – 8:15 a.m – Combo Performance in the Cafeteria.


Jazz All State Auditions

            Jazz All State Auditions are Friday, October 13th at UMaine Augusta.  The bus will depart BHS at 7:15 a.m on Friday and should return by 11 a.m.  Students are expected to be dressed up (shirt, tie, dress pants, etc) for their audition. I will be sending home a permission slip this week with students for Jazz all State.



            Our next football performance is FRIDAY THE 13th! Students should be prepared to leave the band room by 6:00 p.m. Our first outing was very successful and I am so proud of all of our students. Let’s keep up the incredible work!!!


Next Wednesday and Thursday, Mrs. Thibeault would like to have jazz students arrive at 5:30 for pictures to use in the program for “A night of Swing and Jazz”. All students must be in concert attire at 5:30. 


Concert Attire for jazz:

            Men – Black suit, white dress shirt, solid color tie (your choice of colors), black dress socks and shoes

            Ladies – Black Dress or Black skirt, black stockings, black dress shoes, black shirt


Those are all the calendar items for the next week or so.


Honors Festivals

The deadline for signing up for all state auditions is THIS Friday! The sign up sheet is outside the music room door. Please encourage your son or daughter to sign up if they haven’t already.


Private Instruction

I also wanted to put in another plug for some private instruction. As the fall has gotten going, many of our students have begun working with a private instructor and the results have been incredible. Here is an updated list of teachers in our area:

Woodwind Instructors:

Sean Potter – (all woodwinds) Portland – 207-210-8455

David Collier – (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophones) Topsham = 725-2134

John Morneau – (flute, clarinet, saxophone) Brunswick – jmorneau@bowdoin.edu207-725-3169

Titus Abbott – (woodwinds) – – 319-6057


Brass Instructors:

Bob Modr – Harpswell – 833 – 2815

Alan King – Portland/ Midcoast School of Music. Call the school at 837 – 2955 for more info

Dawne- Marie Powers (French Horn) – Topsham/Brunswick –

Rose Lawrence (all brass) – Teaches at BHS – 207-766-8955


Bass Instructors:

Asher Barreras – 505-697-0432


Percussion Instructors

John Bangs – Teaches out of Dube’s music in Freeport – 208-0340 or cell 837-7467


Attire Concerns

Apparently, Formal fashions is charging an exorbitant amount of money for shipping. If you are not comfortable with the cost, please send your order to me with a check stapled to it (made payable to BHS Music) and I will place the order. Please add a few dollars to help offset the cost of shipping.



Just a quick reminder, the new BHS Music Department website is:



Click on this link : and scroll for the instrument that your son or daughter plays. Please make sure they have the required items by Friday. (the flipbook and lyre are the most critical) For percussionists, sticks are needed! 



Please feel free to “like” the Brunswick High School Music Boosters page. There are a lot of announcements that are placed there. If you aren’t into social media, no worries!


I believe that is all I have for this week! I hope you are all well. Enjoy this beautiful stretch of weather!


Have a great day. Thank you for all you do to support our students in the music department. I am very thankful for each and every one of them.


~ Mike