Good morning all,


I hope this email finds you all well and enjoying this BEAUTIFUL stretch of weather!


I wanted to start by saying a huge “Thank you!” to everyone who was at the game last Friday. We had a fairly good turnout and I am proud of all of our students for their effort. Special thanks to the parents of the JV boys soccer team for getting their sons back to play for the last half of the game. That was appreciated more than you know. With so many of our students involved in athletics, it makes a difference when effort like that is shown to help make the group successful.  Thank you for your willingness to play “taxi” and shuttle them from Lewiston. The band and I appreciate it very much!


Congratulations go out to several students as the first round of audition results have come in!


First, Congratulations to the following for their acceptance into the Maine Music Educators All State Jazz Festival:


Kyra Teboe – Combo (with the top score in the state!!!!)

Sophie Blair – Combo (again, with the top score in the state!!!!)

Katie Bojarski – Honors band

Niles Dorn – Honors Band (the second highest score in the state)

Chappy Hall – Jazz Band


This is a tremendous accomplishment. I am SO PROUD of everyone who auditioned. Every one of them gave a well-prepared and mature audition. As I tell them, it is very subjective and sometimes it comes down to factors totally outside of their control. All our students put forth a tremendous effort and I am so proud.


This festival takes place January 11 – 13th at South Portland High School


Congratulations go out to the following who were selected to the All New England Honors Band. This is a nomination festival held at Plymouth State University on November 19th and 20th. They will join over 200 other musicians from across New England. These students were selected from a pool of several hundred applicants.


Josie Adolf – Bass Clarinet

Greta Anesko – Bass

Sophie Blair – Percussion

Katie Bojarski – Euphonium

Grace Casey – Bari Sax

Nolan Deck – Tuba

Alyssa Demanche – Horn

Niles Dorn – Tenor Sax

Darien Gillespie – Oboe

Chappy Hall – Trombone

Thomas Madigan – Alto Sax

Alex Morse – Clarinet




Tonight – Tuesday

            2:15 – D3 and All State Help

            6:00 – 8:00 – Tuesday Jazz!!!!



            7:00 a.m – Morning Band

            2:15 – D3 and All State Help

            5:30 – Thursday Jazz Sectionals (section leader run) – Rhythm section with me.

            6:00 – Thursday Jazz


Monday, October 23rd


            Bus Departs at 4:15

            Students must be DRESSED UP – no jeans! Shirt, ties, dress pants, dress shoes, etc.


Tuesday, October 24th

            2:15 –All State Help

            5:30 – Tuesday Jazz Saxophone Sectional

            6:00 – 8:00 – Tuesday Jazz!!!!


Wednesday, October 25th

            2:15 – All State Help


Thursday, October 26th

            7:00 a.m – Morning Band

            5:30 – Thursday Jazz Brass Sectional

            6:00 – Thursday Jazz


Tuesday, October 31st

            7:00 a.m – Morning Band

            2:30 p.m – HALLOWEEN PARADE!!!!!!! Just a reminder that everyone in band participates in this event. We usually wrap up around 5:15. Expect details next week.


Wednesday, November 1st

            5:30 p.m – Tuesday Jazz Trumpet Sectional

            6:00 p.m – Tuesday Jazz


I believe those are the important dates for the next few weeks. I wanted to be sure to remind everyone about the upcoming Halloween parade! This is a very important event for our town that involves so many families throughout our community. This is so important and our participation is appreciated by everyone.


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




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 hope you all have a wonderful week! Thank you for all you do to support our fabulous students. We are so lucky to have so many wonderful families in our community that value the arts and all that we do.


If there is anything you need, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Have a rad week.


~ Mike