Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Today is the final day of classes in 2009 for our students. With that in mind we would like to reflect on the first few months of the school year which have been an absolute whirlwind of activity. The students have had fantastic opportunities to develop their musical and performance skills during the Marching Band season, the Holiday Concert, the Benefit Concert, and a multitude of performances on and off the BHS campus.

To support their endeavors, the Music Boosters have had the busiest season ever. With the Marching Band trip to DisneyWorld looming in 2010, the fundraising arm of the organization was full throttle, providing opportunities for every student to raise money for their individual Disney account. Looking back, we are very proud of the endeavors of the students and families as they participated in the following general and Disney-based fundraisers:

Instrument Night with Rayburn Music
Merchandise sales (knit winter scarves, spirit sticks and stadium cushions)…these items are still available if you are still in gift-giving mode or plan to attend BHS Hockey games; contact Vicky Kikuchi at
Friends of the Music Boosters annual fundraising campaign
The Lion King ticket sales fundraiser
The Woburn Halloween Parade Walk-A-Thon
The Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction
The Calendar Raffle (winners will be announced in January)
The Crucible concessions

Many of the Marching Band students have taken advantage of the opportunities to raise money for their individual Disney account. To date, $11,732 has been raised by the students. The most funds raised by a single student totals $430.36! Students whose accounts have surpassed the total trip amount because of fundraising activity will be reimbursed at a later date.

Looking forward to 2010, the Music Boosters will face several challenges as we help our students and staff undertake a roster of monumental events. Here is a quick rundown of what we can look forward to:

Movie Night, a final fundraiser for student Disney accounts, to be held at BHS on Friday, January 22
Ides of March Concert on March 4
Town-wide Band Concert on March 11, to be held in the BHS gymnasium featuring all Burlington Public Schools instrumental students
Titanic, the Musical, March 19-28
• Marching Band trip to perform at DisneyWorld, April 19-23
BHS Spring Concert
Great East Choral Festival & day at Six Flags
Spring Sing
Music Awards Banquet

The next BHS Music Boosters Association meeting will take place on January 12 in the Band Room at BHS, beginning at 7:30 pm. Mark your calendars for this very important meeting when we will have a full presentation on the Marching Band trip to DisneyWorld.

We wish you a wonderful holiday season and we’ll see you in the New Year!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Burlington High School is pleased to announce that, following three rigorous afternoons of auditions last week, the casting is complete and the Tony award winning Broadway production, Titanic, the Musical, will set sail at BHS on March 19-20 & 26-28, 2010!

Based on the true story of the ill-fated luxury liner, audiences will witness the lives of characters who were actual passengers on board the fated ship. With music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and libretto by Peter Stone, this is not the love story seen in the movie. Theatre-goers will find themselves immersed in a range of emotions from great anticipation and excitement, to panic and grief as the voyage turns tragic.

Titanic's creative team is a proven winner with John Middleton-Cox as Director/Producer/Co-Music Director, Stephanie Diozzi as Assistant Director, Amanda Potts as Co-Music Director, Leanne Reardon as Choreographer, Shannon Janovitz as Production Manager, Peter Waldron as Set Designer and award-winning costume designer Maureen Tierson-Krebs.

Mark your calendars now. As with all other BHS musical productions, Titanic, the Musical will sell out. Tickets will go on sale February 1, 2010. More details to follow after the first of the year!

To learn more about “Titanic, the Musical,” follow the production’s blog at

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


The BHS Music Department will present its annual Holiday Concert this Thursday at 7:30 PM in the Fogelberg Auditorium. Performing on the concert will be the BHS Concert and Jazz Bands under the direction of Matt Lovell, and the BHS Chorus and Select Chorus under the direction of John Middleton-Cox.

In addition to their performance on Thursday, both the BHS Chorus and Select Chorus have been out and about in Burlington presenting their holiday music to enthusiastic groups of Burlington residents. They have recently performed for the Burlington Breakfast Rotary Club, the Burlington Senior Center, Atria Longmeadow and will also be a featured group at the Burlington Mall.

Don’t miss the concert this Thursday. It promises to be a wonderful evening of music that will bring the warmth of the season to all who attend.


The season is always filled with cheer,
When BHS Music is near!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

"THE CRUCIBLE" Joins List of Most Memorable BHS Productions

The Burlington High School Drama Club has outdone itself this year with its presentation of The Crucible, by Arthur Miller on December 4 and 5. The production boasted a large cast of Burlington High School students and of the 21 cast members, 11 came from the ranks of the music department as did every member of the set construction and stage crew!

In 2006 the Burlington High School Drama Club, under the guidance of advisor/director Sue LaVoie, decided to produce a fall play to give theatre opportunities to students early in the school year. The first three productions were comedies with the inaugural production in 2006 of Fools, a comedy by Neil Simon, followed in 2007 by a more high-brow comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest,by Oscar Wilde. The year 2008 brought a new advisor/director, Anne Ford, to the Drama Club and another Neil Simon comedy, Rumors, was brought to life.

This year, however, opened a new chapter and level of performance at BHS with the production of The Crucible, a political allegory, addressing two events in American history: the Salem witch trials and the McCarthy hearings. Shannon Janovitz, BHS English teacher and Stage Manager for the production, commented that the play “addresses themes of personal and social responsibility, as well as fear, hysteria, and the corruption of power,” and further described it as “a strong example of protest literature … it is at once engaging and thought-provoking.” She concluded that The Crucible’s “intentions are to leave audiences with both a sense of hope for humanity, and an understanding of what it means to be socially responsible.”

The student actors in The Crucible were outstanding in their portrayals of the Salem Witch Trial era characters, taking on not just the subject matter in such a mature production, but also the understanding of period physical traits, mannerisms and dialogue. Bravo and kudos to each and every one of the performers (listed in order of appearance): Michael Keating as Reverend Samuel Parris, Futaba Shioda as Betty Parris, Michelle Lee as Tituba, Chelsea Rose as Abigail Williams, Taylor Waisnor as Susanna Wallcott, Maria Perfetti as Mrs. Ann Putnam, Andrew Maurer as Thomas Putnam, Stephanie Swiszcz as Mercy Lewis, Marissa Cote as Mary Warren, Kevin Parker as John Proctor, Emily Murgo as Rebecca Nurse, Danielle Schissler as Giles Corey, Rameez Pervaiz as Reverend John Hale, Caroline Coe as Elizabeth Proctor, Peter DeBarros as Francis Nurse, Katie Baker as Ezekial Cheever, Chris Coe as Marshall John Willard, Stuart Gelin as Judge Hathorne, David Murray as Deputy-Governor Danforth, Giovanna Fernandes as Martha Corey/Ruth Putnam and Bridget Hoarty as Sarah Good.

BHS productions not only provide opportunity for students on stage but they also develop skills and leadership backstage. The following students held backstage and tech responsibilities during The Crucible: Daryn Starkey as Assistant Stage Manager, John DiRusso as Lighting Engineer, Chris LaRocque as Sound Engineer, Tori Carrabino as Prop Master, Jessica Olin as Assistant Sound Engineer and Natalie Casey as Hair and Makeup specialist. Set Construction and Stage Crew members were Nick Abruzzese, Tori Carrabino, Edward Chilliest, Sam Cote, Ian Drummond, Chris LaRocque, John Kelley, Jessica Olin, Daryn Starkey and Nicholas Stewart.

Also helping to stage the show were Tim Rose on Set Construction and Publicity, Vanessa Ovian as Public Relations Manger, Chet Maguire on Publicity, Kate McMahon on Set Construction and Ticket Management, Rob Ford on Graphics and Music and Alan McRae (BHS Science) as Videographer.

Finally, this production would not have been possible without the expertise and professionalism of Anne Sawyer Ford as Director (also Poster and Program Designer), Shannon Janovitz as Stage Manager and John Middleton-Cox as Lighting and Sound Designer. These three individuals put their heart and soul into every moment they spent with the students in the preparation and execution of this production, securing a place for The Crucible at the top of the list of memorable productions at BHS.

Special Note: The BHS Music Boosters Association used the production nights as a fundraising opportunity by selling concessions before the performance and during intermission.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Additional Student Named to Senior District Festival Chorus

Just a quick addendum to the blog post of December 1 about MMEA Senior Districts. The number of participants in the Sr. District Festival Chorus from Burlington High School has risen by one. Jessica Olin will also be attending the festivities on January 9, 2010, at Lowell High School making it a total of four students who will be participating.

Congratulations to Jessica and all those who participated in districts.


The Burlington High School Marching Band Awards Banquet was held on December 2, 2009. The cafeteria was filled with students and their families with nary a seat to be found! Honored during the banquet were the Marching Band students, faculty, advisors, administration and parents. After all, producing the kind of results that were witnessed during this year’s football season from our kids takes an entire musical village!

Band, Color Guard and Dance Squad members were all honored in their respective groups, presented with a variety of service awards based on years of service. Principal Patrick Larkin paid tribute to all those present in the room, sharing his pride of the entire music community, and presented a special plaque to Matt Lovell, Band Director, who is celebrating 25 years of music education at Burlington High School. Student leaders were honored by their own peers and faculty members and advisors were honored by their students. The Music Boosters continued the presentations as it honored the second year members with hooded sweatshirt jackets, a very special tradition that has continued year after year. It is pretty safe to say that the evening was just one big love fest!

Very special thanks must go out to the 99 Restaurant, Billerica, for donating and serving the entire meal and we encourage all our families to pay them a visit this holiday season to thank them for their generosity. Many thanks, also, to the junior and senior families who donated desserts, to the students and parents who decorated the cafeteria for this festive event and to Shirley Fong for coordinating the entire event.

(photo of Matt Lovell receiving plaque from John Middleton-Cox and Principal Patrick Larkin at Marching Band Awards Banquet, honoring his 25 years as music educator)

Thursday, December 3, 2009


Over the past few months the Burlington High School Music Boosters Association members have been taking care of the members of the Marching Band, Dance Squad and Color Guard by providing plenty of water, hot chocolate and cider and a buffet of snacks during and after performances at football games, parades and even just prior to the Thanksgiving Day game.

At the risk of missing a couple of families (and we do apologize if that happens) we would like to acknowledge the following families who donated food and drink for the students during the football season: the Abruzzese family, the Bojarczuk family, the Brouillette family, the Cahoon family, the Chilliest family, the Conti family, the Cote family, the DiRusso family, the Dutton family, the Fleischmann family, the Fong family, the Frost family, the Gilstrap family, the Hanafin family, the Heissler family, the Horwitz family, the Kashgegian family, the Kelley family, the Kikuchi family, the Knox family, the Landry family, the Leva family, the Maiorana family, the Martin family, the McCartney family, the Mills family, the Nadir family, the O’Donnell family, the Parker family, the Ridley family, the Rosenberg family, the Roth family, the Sheldon family, the Shioda family, the Tsatsaronis family, the Villalta family, the Waisnor family and the Weisse family.

Sincere thanks to one and all and to Shirley Fong who coordinated this huge task.

photo from BHS Marching Band banquet this past Wednesday

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


On Saturday, November 21, 2009, eleven students from Burlington High School's music department attended Senior Districts, a competition sponsored by the Massachusetts Music Educators’ Association (MMEA). Representing BHS were Patrick Hanafin, Eric Leva, Cara DiPerna, Giovanna Fernandes, Stuart Gelin, Ariana Hall, Amanda Harrigan, Andrew Maurer, Nicollette Moodie, Jessica Olin, Jessica Villalta, Mary Jo Herlihy and Ryan Vibert.

After auditions of over 1100 students from more than 50 public and private schools were held in November, 450 students from grades nine through twelve were selected to participate in this prestigious Massachusetts Music Educators Association event.

The Burlington High School Music Department is pleased to announce that Ariana Hall, Giovanna Fernandes and Amanda Harrigan have been selected for the Northeastern District Festival Chorus. They will rehearse with a guest conductor and perform in a concert to be held at Lowell High School on Saturday, January 9, 2010.

Ms. Harrigan and Ms. Hall have also received All-State Choir recommendations and are eligible to participate during the weekend of March 19, 2010.

Congratulations to all of the Burlington High School students who competed this year. Their participation in this event has not only enriched their own musical experience but will enhance the entire Burlington High School music program.

Monday, November 30, 2009


The Burlington High School Marching Band, Color Guard and Dance Squad joined the football and cheering squad on Thanksgiving morning during a special pre-game ceremony acknowledging seniors and their parents. Although this is the first of several bittersweet acknowledgements as our seniors move towards graduation, it is also one that is heartfelt on behalf of both the Music and Athletic Boosters organizations.

Senior Marching Band students and parents acknowledged this past Thursday were: Nick Abruzzese accompanied by Michelle and Mike; Ian Drummond accompanied by Thembekile and David; Carolyn Kelly accompanied by Paula and James; Eric Leva accompanied by Diane and Dennis; David Murray accompanied by Beth and Al; Kevin Parker accompanied by Maureen and Steven; and Chelsea Rose accompanied by Tim and Marcy. Senior Color Guard members and their parents were: Ericka Bojarczuk accompanied by David and Linda; Katie Campbell accompanied by Michelle and Ken; Nichole Chilliest accompanied by Naomi and Dennis; Theresa Colella accompanied by Jean and Russell; Zeeshan Mangoob accompanied by Syeda and Syed; Chelsea Rustenberg accompanied by Barbara; Taylor Waisnor accompanied by Karen and Bill; and Barbara Wye accompanied by Felise Llano and Jonathan. Finally, senior Dance Squad members and parents were: Christina Kashgegian accompanied by Lori and Mark; and Andrea McSheehy accompanied by Beth.

Most of the BHS Marching Band, Color Guard and Dance Squad members have served the school and community for four years. They have given up their final two weeks of every summer vacation for Band Camp and have foregone many Friday night and Saturday afternoon activities. The members of this group of students have learned that sacrifice has its rewards on the performance field and beyond. It has built a sense of discipline, dignity and pride in both the students and the parents who have given their support.

The Music Boosters would also like to send a special thank you to Matt Lovell (Director, Band), Amanda Potts (Assistant Director, Band), Jen Agati (Advisor, Color Guard), Leanne Reardon (Advisor, Dance Squad) and Joe Cincotta (Advisor, Percussion) for their hours and hours of rehearsal time spent with all the students.

Congratulations to one and all for your dedication and accomplishments.

THE CRUCIBLE: BHS Drama Club turns up intensity this year!

The Burlington High School Drama Club will present Arthur Miller’s classic play “The Crucible,” on Friday, December 4th and Saturday, December 5th, 2009. The performances will begin at 7:30 pm in the Fogelberg Auditorium of the high school.

“The Crucible” is an intense story that focuses on a group of Puritan girls who are caught dancing in the woods. Out of fear of consequential punishment and in an attempt to save themselves, they spin a dangerous tale of witchcraft that careens out of control and brings chaos to their community. What starts as a self-preserving lie leads to the destruction of many lives. The play is one that will leave audiences with both a sense of hope for humanity, and an understanding of what it means to be socially responsible.

Featured in the BHS production of “The Crucible” are seniors Kevin Parker as John Proctor, Caroline Coe as Elizabeth Proctor, Chelsea Rose as Abigail Williams, David Murray as Deputy Governor Danforth, Michael Keating as Reverend Parris, Rameez Pervaiz as Reverend Hale, and freshman Marissa Coté as Mary Warren. Also included in the cast are seniors Katie Baker as Ezekiel Cheever, Taylor Waisnor as Susanna Wallcott, Andrew Maurer as Thomas Putnam, Bridget Hoarty as Sarah Good, and Damien Gordon as Hopkins. Rounding out the cast are: sophomores Futaba Shioda as Betty Parris, Michelle Lee as Tituba, Stephanie Swiszcz as Mercy Lewis, Emily Murgo as Rebecca Nurse, Danielle Schissler as Giles Corey, Stuart Gelin as Judge Hathorne and Giovanna Fernandes as Ruth Putnam; junior Maria Perfetti as Ann Putnam; and freshman Chris Coe as Marshal Willard.

Student crew members are junior Chris LaRocque and sophomore Jessica Olin as Sound Technicians, freshmen RJ Dalton and Jon DiRusso as Lighting Technicians, juniors Daryn Starkey as Assistant Stage Manager and Tori Carrabino as Prop Master, and senior Nick Abruzzese as Building Master. Stage crew members are John Kelley, Edward Chilliest, Sam Coté, Nick Stewart and Fergie Medar.

The production of “The Crucible” boasts a strong team of teachers who are directing, producing and designing for the show. Director Anne Ford (English), Producer and Lighting/Sound Designer John Middleton-Cox (Music), and Stage Manager Shannon Janovitz (English) have pooled their talents and years of expertise to provide the best foundation for the BHS cast.

General admission tickets for “The Crucible” are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. They can be purchased online at, by phone at 781-A-FUN-TIC (781-238-6842) or at the door. Fogelberg Auditorium is handicapped accessible (special care patrons may phone 781-270-1860).

(Shannon Janovitz, Guest Blogger)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

PICTURES TELL THE STORY...the Music Boosters help Matt Lovell celebrate 25 years of music education at BHS

Thanksgiving held a special meaning for the members of the BHS Marching Band who were joined by a multitude of parents and alumni to honor Matt Lovell's 25th anniversary as a music educator at Burlington High School.

The planning began in September when a call went out to current and alumni students and their families via snail and email. Before long we were communicating with alumni from as far back as the '90s who were anxious to come back to BHS to help honor Mr. Lovell, including his first ever drum major!

Also present at the game were Mr. Lovell's family, thrilled to be there to help celebrated such a special day.

The tribute took place during the pre-game ceremonies on Thanksgiving morning. Joining Booster's President Donna Gregorio and Boosters publicist Vanessa Ovian were Principal Patrick Larkin, Burlington Coordinator of Music John Middleton-Cox, Assistant Band Director Amanda Potts, Color Guard Advisor Jen Agati, Dance Squad Advisor Leanne Reardon, Percussion Advisor Joe Cincotta, Drum Majors Eric Leva and Catie Riggs, and Mr. Lovell's and BHS' first drum major ever, Michele (McGinness) MacPherson! BHS coaches came to congratulate him and a slew of paparazzi were present (see Burlington Daily Times Chronicle Friday issue, front page and stay tuned to the broadcast of the game with pre-game on BCAT).

The following is the text that was read during the tribute:




Wednesday, November 18, 2009


The Burlington High School Music Boosters Association has started its final fundraiser for 2009, a Calendar Raffle with prizes each and every day promising something for everyone.

The cost of each Calendar Raffle ticket is $5, with 31 opportunities to win and no limit on the amount of tickets that may be purchased. The sale will close at the end of the month. Beginning on December 7 and running through January 6, 2010, one winning ticket will be pulled each day. All winning tickets will be reentered for additional chances to win. All proceeds from the sale of the raffle calendars that have been sold by Marching Band students will be credited directly to the student’s individual Disney account.

The BHS Music Boosters Association would like to thank the following businesses and individuals who have provided prizes for the Calendar Raffle: Anton’s Cleaners, Applebee’s, the BHS Music Department, Blockbuster, Brenda Cahoon (Exit Realty), Burlington Car Wash, Burlington Florist, Burlington Jade, Burlington Recreation Department, Cheesecake Factory, Chili’s, Chung King Rick’s Café, Curves, Dani de Paris, Dunkin Donuts, Elements, Fish House & Grille, Macaroni Grill, Not Your Average Joe’s, O’Connor True Value Hardware, Panera Bread, Pizza Works, Real School of Music, Schoolhouse Ice Cream, Semararo Family, Sephora, Sharper Image Hair Design, Spencer Cleaners, Uno Chicago Grill, Woburn Showcase Cinemas.

Calendar Raffle tickets may be purchased from BHS Marching Band students, at the Thanksgiving Game or by contacting the Music Boosters as

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Burlington H.S. Principal's Blog: Burlington's Percussion Prodigy

Burlington H.S. Principal's Blog: Burlington's Percussion Prodigy

Yet another blog entry from our Principal Larkin of the Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction. You must check this out and you will agree that Patrick Hanafin is a percussion prodigy!!!

More Highlights from Our Gala Benefit

More Highlights from Our Gala Benefit

For those of you who missed the Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction or the Principal's Blog today, here are two clips from the performances of that evening.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


The Burlington High School Marching Band, Color Guard and Dance Squad helped pay tribute to veterans of foreign wars this morning on the Burlington Common.

The events began at 9:00 am with the "Call to Colors," played by Nick Abruzzese on trumpet, as the flags were raised. The students of the band soon followed with the full program at 10:00 am, making their entrance in an approach from across the green to the rhythm of a single snare cadence.

The students stood at attention through the Pledge of Allegiance, and continued with the playing of the National Anthem. Following a variety of speeches and tributes, the performance piece was a medley of military anthems, played with the utmost of pride, a fitting tribute to all the veterans who stood at attention.


The Burlington High School Music Boosters Association is celebrating its incredibly successful Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction, A Magic Music Night, held on the evening of Saturday, November 7, at the high school. The event not only broke all records for a single fundraising effort in the history of the Music Boosters with an overwhelming 450 in attendance, it also provided a substantial amount of the funding required for the Marching Band trip to perform at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, in the spring of 2010.

In his introduction to the opening selection of the evening, “A Friend Like Me” from the Disney movie “Aladdin,” band director Matt Lovell likened the evening’s enthusiastic attendance to the Genie’s appearance after Aladdin uncorked the bottle. “As I see this show of support, it seems we’ve uncorked something else…a spirit of community and a spirit of friendship that is just absolutely as strong as a magic genie!”

The success of the Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction would not have been possible without the participation of our donors. The Music Boosters would like to thank the following establishments and individuals for their partnership in the Silent Auction portion of the event: A Better Way Pet Sitting and Errand Service, Andover Community Theatre, Blockbuster, Boston Red Sox, Cheesecake Factory, Chili’s Grill and Bar, DM Faux Designs, Hey Art Lady (Sherry Hoffman, Owner), Creative Arts for All, Dani de Paris, Inc., Disney Store, Flatbread Company, Hollywood Tans, Legal Seafoods, Mahoney’s Rocky Ledge, Patterson’s Back Bay Dancewear, PC Healthstop and Pyara Spa and Salon. Also, Reagle Players, Real School of Music, Shear Madness, Showcase Cinemas Woburn, Snip-Its, Stoneham Theatre, Stream Productions Video and Multimedia, Summer Winter at Boston Marriott Burlington, Supercuts, Tupperware (Jodie Malatsky, independent representative) Virgo Haircutters, Wheelock Family Theatre and World Classical Performing Arts Society, Inc. Finally, The Fong Family, The Gregorio Family, Diane Mills, The Tomkins Family, Tim and Marcy Rose, and the BHS School Store (Alan McRae, advisor).

The Burlington High School Music Boosters would also like to acknowledge the following companies for providing the refreshments for the dessert reception held during intermission: True North Coffee Shop, Delicious Desserts, LaCascia’s Bakery, Hilton Garden Inn, Stop N Shop Bedford and Stop N Shop Woburn. Special thanks are also extended to John Middleton-Cox, Matt Lovell, Jen Agati, Leanne Reardon, our student performers, Donna Gregorio, the Burlington Department of Public Works, Chet Maguire, graphics designer Rachel Gregorio and all the volunteers who made this a night to top all nights!

The success of the Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction was felt on so many different levels, and enabled the Music Boosters to embrace and validate its mission to provide the music department and its students the necessary support to enrich their music experience during their years at BHS. We applaud all our donors, our students and the greater Burlington community for their spirit of community and friendship in making this event such a huge success.

Monday, November 9, 2009


Prepare for a busy week of music participation!

The BHS Music Boosters next General Meeting will be tomorrow night (Tuesday, November 10) at 7:30 in the Band Room. Agenda items will include a recap of the Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction (with an update of our record-breaking success) as well as other upcoming items of interest. All BHS Music Boosters families are invited to attend. The next meeting will be held in January 2010.

The BHS music students will take part in tomorrow's Veteran's Day assembly in the morning. On Wednesday the Marching Band will participate in the town-wide commemoration with the "Call to Colors" at 9 am on the Burlington Common and the Marching Band will perform during the event at 10 am.

Finally, the BHS Marching Band will take to the field this Friday for the final game prior to the Thanksgiving game. The Burlington Red Devils take on the Winchester at home, 7:00 pm.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


The Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction is just three days away. There is one more fabulous item that has just been added to the silent auction deserving special mention.

“Vintage Twist” is a beautiful vintage side table that has been lovingly restored and treated with a special robin’s egg blue finish, highlighted with a twist of contemporary circles in green and silver. This special addition to the silent auction was created by DM Faux Designs, a business owned by Michelle Campbell (VP-Band for the Music Boosters) and Donna Flecchia.

The value of this piece is listed at $250 but is worth much more. This is item #38 in our list of silent auction items. If you would like to place an online bid for Vintage Twist, please send an email to, indicate ONLINE BIDDING in the subject line and include your name, phone number, item # and description and your bid amount.

And of course, come to the Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction on Saturday evening at 7:30 pm to check the bids on this item and many others!

Saturday, October 31, 2009


The Burlington High School Music Boosters Association would like to acknowledge the following establishments for their generous donations to our lavish dessert reception during the Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction.

True North Coffee Shop
Delicious Desserts
Hilton Garden Inn Burlington
LaCascia’s Bakery
Roche Bros
Stop N Shop Bedford
Stop N Shop Woburn

Their participation adds a wonderfully festive atmosphere to our event and we are grateful to one and all.


When the doors open at Burlington High School on November 7 for the Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction, there will be a great number of opportunities to bid on some fantastic items. Whether purchased for a holiday gift or "just because," you can be assured that your donation to the Music Boosters will benefit the students of the music program at BHS. Take some time to review the complete list of auction items. There is something for everyone at every level of interest and pocketbook!

Weekend escape to a beautiful, lakefront cabin on Batch Lake, in lovely Wakefield, New Hampshire. This beautiful log home sleeps 12 and features three private bedrooms plus a lower level “kids kabin,” 2½ baths, two fireplaces, outdoor hot tub, Tiki hut on the beach, two-car garage. Enjoy water fun in clear lake water; winter playtime includes skating on the lake, sledding in the back; 100-foot private sandy beach for relaxing game of bocce ball and evening fires under the stars. 10 minutes from top rated Province Lake Golf Course, 25 minutes from ski resort heaven. Offer valid for fall, winter, spring; reservations to be made with owner. Donor: The Gregorio Family. Value: $750

Two tickets to the New England Patriots vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA. December 27, 2009, Section 227, row 3, seats 10 and 11. Donor: Tim Rose. Value: $238.

Enjoy a meal at Chili’s Grill and Bar with a $25 gift card and two tickets for the newest in holiday movies at Showcase Cinemas Woburn. Donors: The Tomkins Family and Showcase Cinemas Woburn, 25 Middlesex Canal Parkway, Woburn. Value: $45

Destined for another BHS sell-out, witness the last moments in time for those who set sail one tragic night . . . four tickets to Titanic, The Musical, March 19-20 & 26-28, 2010. Fogelberg Auditorium at Burlington High School, 123 Cambridge Street, Burlington. Donor: Burlington High School Music Department. Value: $60

Two tickets to a production for use during the 2009-2010 season of Stoneham Theatre Mainstage, Metro North’s award winning theatre. Donor: Stoneham Theatre 125 Main St., Stoneham. Value: $88.

Worry no more about your pets when two of you are out a bit too long watching the latest flick at Showcase Cinemas Woburn or when you are traveling. A Better Way Pet Sitting and Errand Service gift certificate for one 30-minute visit ensures that Fido and Fluffy get that extra special treatment while you are out! Donors: Showcase Cinemas Woburn, 25 Middlesex Canal Parkway, Woburn, and Wendi Dellemonico. Value: $37

Enjoy an indulgent moment with a $25 gift certificate at Cheesecake Factory. Donor: Cheesecake Factory, Burlington Mall, 75 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington. Value: $25

Just in time to look your best for the holidays. Hair care products and a haircut from Supercuts.
Donor: Supercuts, 112 Burlington Mall Road, Burlington. Value: $108

The most lovable of all Disney characters, enjoy plush Mickey and Minnie in their own travelling tote bag! Donor: The Disney Store, Burlington Mall. Value: $45

Savor a fine dining experience with a $75 gift certificate to Summer Winter at Boston Marriott Burlington. Donor: Summer Winter, One Burlington Mall Road, Burlington. Value: $75

Enjoy a “new you” with your “new do” from Virgo Haircutters. Donor: Virgo Haircutters, 49 Winn Street, Burlington. Value: $37

Enjoy the beauty of the Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College, Boston, with two tickets to The Marriage of Figaro, February 2010. Performed by Teatro Lirico d’Europa. Donor: World Classical Performing Arts Society, Inc., Jenny Lalov, Director. Value: $170

Do your kids enjoy crafts? Host an Arts and Crafts Birthday Party for your favorite little someone. Donor: Hey Art Lady, Sherry Hoffman, owner. Value: $150

Not enough outlets for all your talents, want to explore more? Use this gift certificate at Creative Arts for All to discover the real musician, actor or artist in you! Donor: Creative Arts for All, 25 Woburn Street, Reading, MA. Value: $25

Delight in two tickets to OPENING NIGHT of the Reagle Players’ holiday extravaganza, It’s ChristmasTime, December 4, 2009. Donor: Reagle Players, Robinson Theatre, 617 Lexington Street, Waltham, MA. Value: $72

Get the perfect look with a special cut by Elissa at Dani de Paris! Donor: Dani de Paris, Crossroads Shopping Center, 34 Cambridge St., Burlington. Value: $45

Take the chill out of a cold winter’s night wrapped in your own fleece blanket with characters from Disney’s CARS, Mickey and Minnie mug set and a couple mugs of hot cocoa! Donor: The Disney Store, Burlington Mall. Value: $35

Don’t miss out on “remembering when.” Transfer your old VCR tapes to DVD with a gift certificate for 3 transfers. Donor: Stream Productions Video and Multimedia, Laura Martin Stone, owner. Value: $175

Four WFT Flex Tickets coming your way for use during WFT’s 2009/2010 season. Choose from Tale of Two Cities (10/30/09-11/29/09), Honk (1/29/10-2/28/10) or The Little Mermaid (4/16/10-5/16/10). Donor: Wheelock Family Theatre, 200 The Riverway, Boston. Value: $100

One month unlimited tanning at any level (excludes spray tan) to get that summer glow! Donor: Hollywood Tans, 101 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington. Value: $99

Two tickets to the Tony and Drama Desk award winning musical Avenue Q at the Colonial Theatre, Boston, on November 21, 2009. Right Orchestra, Row N. RECOMMENDED FOR ADULT AUDIENCES ONLY. Donor: Marcy Rose. Value: $153

Accent your home with an elegantly festive holiday centerpiece, created with the all the warmth of the holiday season. Donor: Diane Mills. Value: $50

Complete your celebration with three gourmet desserts, expertly prepared and delivered to you for your holiday dinner or parties. Choose from a decadent assortment, one for Thanksgiving and two for the month of December (delivery to Burlington and adjacent areas, pick-up is available). Donor: Diane Mills. Value: PRICELESS!

Take a trip to Mahoney’s and fill you home with the scent of fresh balsam or other nursery items of choice with a $25 gift card. Donor: Mahoney’s Rocky Ledge, 242 Cambridge Street, Winchester. Value: $25

Got a bug? Need some extra help? A gift certificate for computer service for your PC system, network or peripherals will help! Donor: PC Healthstop, 101 Cambridge St., Burlington. Value: $85

As you prepare for your favorite holiday party, enjoy a finishing touch with a manicure and pedicure at Pyara, Donor: Pyara Spa and Salon, 101 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington. Value: $69

Natural pizza baked in a primitive wood-fired oven, this dinner for four at Flatbread Company includes main course, salad, dessert & beverages. Donor: Flatbread Company, 213 Burlington Road, Bedford. Value: $75

A basket filled with Burlington pride includes sweatshirt, knit scarf, stadium seat cushion, spirit sticks, BHS mugs/hot cocoa mix, all emblazoned with the hometown name. Donors: Burlington High School Music Boosters Association and BHS School Store, Alan McRae, Advisor. Value: $50

Enjoy a night off from cooking with a $50 gift card to Legal Seafoods and settle in with 2 movie rentals from Blockbuster. Donors: Legal Seafoods, 95 Mall Road, Burlington, and Blockbuster,
446 Boston Post Road, Billerica. Value: $60

That’s what they say! Gift certificate for four 30-minute private lessons at Real School of Music. Donor: Real School of Music, 56 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington. Value: $140

With Thanksgiving around the corner, you’ll want a better way to store your leftovers in a product you can trust! A basket filled with Tupperware awaits those turkey day leftovers! Donor: Jodie Malatsky. Value: $100

What better way to enjoy a night out than with two tickets to see Shear Madness, the uproarious hit comedy that has entertained over 9 million worldwide! Donor: Shear Madness, Charles Theatre II, 74 Warrenton Street, Boston. Value: $84

Tidy up your little one with one haircut and a basket of hair care products from Snip-Its, where haircuts are entertaining! Donor: Snip-Its, 101 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington.

Head out with a $25 gift certificate to buy your favorite ballet tutu, tap shoes or dancewear at Patterson’s. Donor: Patterson’s Back Bay Dancewear, 185 Cambridge Street, Burlington. Value: $25

Season tickets for two to Andover Community Theatre (ACT) productions Beauty and the Beast, Nov 13-17, 2009 (with Burlington residents Nishan and Zaven Ovian as The Beast and Gaston, Amanda Potts and Danielle Sosnowski as Belle, Mia Campbell as Chip, Jill Maguire as the Corkscrew and Sarah Cadarette, ensemble); Chicago in Spring 2010; 42nd Street in Summer 2010. Donor: Andover Community Theatre. Value: $120

When you’re on the run, call ahead and use these Chili’s gift certificates for a grab and go lunch or dinner. Donor: Chili’s Grill and Bar, 108 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington. Value: $25

Autographed photograph of Red Sox pitcher, Mr. Versatility, Tim Wakefield, today’s longest serving member of the Red Sox. Donor: Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park, Boston.

The Music Boosters would like to thank the donors of these items. Their generosity has made this an unprecedented year.

The Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction will be held November 7, 7:30 pm, Fogelberg Auditorium. A lavish dessert reception will take place at intermission. Tickets are available at 1-781-A-FUN-TIC, through members of the BHS Marching Band and at the door. Tickets are $10 for students and senior citizens and $15 for adults.


This week we are delighted to share another success story of a Burlington High School music department graduate.

Meghan E. Murray, Burlington High School class of 2007, presented her junior piano recital at Westminster Choir College (Rider University, Princeton, NJ) on Saturday October 24, 2009. The recital, held in Williamson Hall to a capacity crowd, was extremely well received and was partial fulfillment for a Bachelor degree in Music Education and Piano Performance. Meghan researched,wrote and completely produced the program notes.

The 45 minute recital consisted of four presentations beginning with J.S. Bach’s Prelude and Fugue XVI in G Minor. Beethoven was next in order with “Sonata No. 6 in F Major”, followed Zabrack’s “Scherzo,” “Hommage a Prokoviev,” “Preludes” by Debussy, and Schumann’s “Waldszenen, Neun Klavirestucke, Op. 82.”

Following the recital a reception was hosted by Meghan’s parents, Al and Beth Murray, in honor of their daughter’s accomplishment. Also in attendance were paternal grandparents Al and Lori Murray of Brockton, Massachusetts, and maternal grandparents Paul and Evelyn Robinson of Brentwood, New Hampshire. It was a particularly special day for Meghan because her grandmother, Evelyn, was a 1946 graduate of Westminster.

While she was a student at BHS, Meghan was a valued member of the BHS Select Chorus. In 2006 she attended the MENC Sr. Districts and progressed to the All-State competition where she was selected to participate in the biannual MENC All-Eastern Honors Choir.

Meghan is a member of the Westminster chapter of Westminster Choir College MENC (National Association of Music Educators) Chapter 183 as well as a founding member of the charter of SAI. Meghan is a piano student of Ms. Phyllis Lehrer.

We extend a hearty congratulations to Meghan, her parents Al and Beth Murray, and brother David who is a member of the BHS class of 2010.

Friday, October 30, 2009


"Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the universe,
wings to the mind, flight to the imagination,
a charm to sadness and a gaiety and life to everything.
It is the essence of order and leads to all that is true and beautiful."
Plato 427-347 B.C.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


The Music Boosters Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction is only days away and with each day that passes more exciting preparations continue to take place. Silent auction items are shaping up to be nothing short of spectacular, featuring something for everyone. Here is a short list of some of the items we have to offer.

Weekend escape to a beautiful, lakefront cabin on Batch Lake, in lovely Wakefield, New Hampshire.

This beautiful log cabin home features three private bedrooms (three queen beds!) plus a lower level “kids kabin” that sleeps six , 2 ½ baths, two fireplaces, outdoor hot tub, Tiki hut on the beach, 2 car garage. Enjoy sailing, fishing, jet skiing, boating, swimming all in the clear lake water; sledding in the backyard, ice skating on the lake, snowmobiling on the trails; play bocci ball on the 100-foot private sandy beach and enjoy evening fires under the stars while you roast marshmallows on the beach. Located only 10 minutes from top rated Province Lake Golf Course as little as 25 minutes from ski resort heaven. This is truly what getaway dreams are made of! Value: $750

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS vs. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS. Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA. December 27, 2009. Section 227, row 3, seats 10 and 11. What more do we have to say?!! Value: $238

The Boosters are proud to offer several sets of tickets to a variety of productions from Burlington to Boston! Here is a sampling of what we have to offer:

The Barber of Seville (Il Barbiere di Siviglia). Cutler Majestic Theatre of Emerson College, Boston, MA. Performed by Teatro Lirico D’Europa making its return to Boston. (represented by World Classical Performing Arts Society, Inc., Jenny Lalov, Director) Created in 1988, Teatro Lirico d’Europa returns to the states in its 11th consecutive season. “It’s official. Boston loves Teatro Lirico D’Europa…It may have been the best production of this familiar opera I’ve ever seen.” (Boston Phoenix, Lloyd Schwarz, January 2005) Value: $100

Avenue Q. Colonial Theatre, Boston, MA. “Avenue Q is the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He soon discovers that the only neighborhood in his price range is Avenue Q; still, the neighbors seem nice . . . Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.” ( Enjoy a hilarious afternoon at the theatre with this Tony and Drama Desk award-winning adult production. This production is not appropriate for children. (adult themes and profanity) Value: $160

It’s ChristmasTime. Reagle Players, Waltham, MA. A favorite of young and old, the area’s favorite Christmas spectacular. “Now in its 27th annual edition, hundreds of thousands have seen this durable holiday fare. For revelers in the Boston area — and often far beyond — an annual visit to the Reagle Players’ popular It’s ChristmasTime, during its early December run, is an ideal way to help usher in the Yuletide. For many, it is a tradition.” ( Value: $72

The Crucible and Titanic, The Musical. Fogelberg Auditorium at Burlington High School, Burlington, MA. Season tickets for two. Enjoy the superb performing arts talents of BHS students in productions that you will never forget. Complete with professionally designed sets, state of the art sound, professional orchestra, and costuming by an award-winning costume designer! Value: $60.

There are so many more items on which to bid, including Burlington Spirit merchandise, pampering manicures and pedicures, Disney favorites and a wonderful collection of restaurant gift cards! A complete list will be published next week. Stay tuned!

Sunday, October 25, 2009


The Andover Community Theatre will feature several students and alumni from Burlington public schools with its fall production of "Beauty and the Beast." The performances will be held at the West Middle School, 70 Shawsheen Road, Andover, MA, on Friday, November 13 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, November 14 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 15 at 2:00 pm.

Leading the cast as The Beast is Nishan Ovian, a 2008 graduate of BHS. Sharing the role of Belle are Danielle Sosnowski (BHS class of 2003 and daughter of Francis Wyman 1st grade teacher Tina Sosnowski) and Amanda Potts (Burlington schools music teacher and BHS class of 2004 and daughter of Pine Glen teacher Karen Potts). Zaven Ovian plays opposite his brother in the role of The Beast’s arch rival Gaston (BHS class of 2012), and Mia Campbell (Fox Hill 4th grader) plays everyone’s favorite little tea cup, Chip, on Friday evening and Saturday matinee performances. Cast as the Corkscrew is Jill Maguire (Class of 2003), and Sarah Cadarette (Class of 2003) is in the ensemble.

General admission tickets for "Beauty and the Beast" are available online at, by phone at 971-276-0568 or through the Burlington cast members. Ticket prices are $15 for students and senior citizens and $20 for adults. West Middle School is handicapped accessible.

(Photo top row: l-r, Jill Maguire, Danielle Sosnowski, Sarah Cadarette, Amanda Potts, bottom row: Nishan Ovian, Mia Campbell, Zaven Ovian)

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Something awesome happened last night at the Burlington/Watertown football game. It was fourth quarter, the Red Devils were leading and the ball was in our possession and out of nowhere came the melody of a familiar song . . .
Na-na-na-na, Na-na-na-na, Hey, hey, goodbye . . .

For most, it was just the background sound of a couple of band members picking out the notes of a song, something not uncommon because the BHS kids do love to discover new songs on their instruments. Upon closer inspection, however, marching band director Matt Lovell was in middle of the players and melody. Next thing we knew he was calling out to change something to an “E flat,” then jumped back, closed his eyes tight, fingers writing something in the air, head bobbing back and forth. Section by section he worked out each part. Oh my gosh, is he spontaneously creating this arrangement in his head and then teaching it on the spot?

Indeed he was. What a treat this was to witness. Mr. Lovell, a teacher who is obviously passionate about music and his students, was in the midst of creating and implementing a lesson plan!

Much has been written about education and how technology is moving so fast that we will probably never get ahead of it. But honestly, sometimes there is nothing like old fashioned learning. Burlington parents are thrilled that our schools support and embrace music education with teachers who go beyond the call, providing unlimited opportunity for our students to learn and thrive.

Mr. Lovell often sings the praises of our students who are, and always have been, a creative and talented bunch. But with the lesson of last night’s arrangement, it’s no wonder. You know what they say . . . The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Saturday, November 7, 2009, 7:30 pm, Fogelberg Auditorium

The Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction promises to be another memorable night for the BHS community! John Middleton-Cox, Matt Lovell, Leanne Reardon and Jen Agati have all been busy auditioning and preparing the performers for the benefit concert and the program is progressing beautifully. The BHS Marching Band, Color Guard and Dance Squad will all independently perform on the program, joined by local friends of the band including Amanda Potts (Assistant Band Director and Burlington schools music teacher), Tim Rose and Mark Sapossnek (Music Boosters Vice President-Band and friend of the Music Boosters, respectively), and John Middleton-Cox (BHS Chorus Director). Student auditions took place last Wednesday with one more round to go today and final selections will be made by the end of the week. This is going to be one wonderful concert! John Middleton-Cox is producing the performance … well, what more can we say! Lights, sound, props … a fantastic show is on the horizon!

The committees are in place. Members are actively involved in securing the final silent auction items and local bakeries have committed to the festive dessert reception with coffee and pastries. Doors will open at the high school at approximately 6:30 pm on the evening of the event for auction bidding to commence. There will be many items on which to bid highlighted by tickets to a Patriots Game, opening night tickets to the Reagle Players holiday favorite “It’s ChristmasTime,” BHS season tickets to The Crucible (fall) and Titanic (spring), as well as a number of baskets and gift certificates to favorite restaurants and other local services. Bidding on these items will continue through the dessert reception during intermission but will close promptly at the beginning of the second half of the concert. Winners of the silent auction items will be posted and all transactions will be finalized post-concert!

The most important part of this wonderful evening of music is that it will benefit the students of the Burlington High School Marching Band and their trip to Disney World during April of 2010. All ticket sales by individual students will be applied directly to their Disney account. Door sales and silent auction revenue will be used for related Disney costs and Boosters programs.

Sounds great, right?! Don't forget to purchase your tickets from a Marching Band, Color Guard or Dance Squad member! Tickets are $10 for students and senior citizens and $15 for adults (also available at 781-A-FUN-TIC).

And, oh yes, bring your checkbook!!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Although the waters have seemingly been still on the blog in the last week, this is just the calm before the storm as there has been a great deal of activity in the Music Boosters camp during the last week. The Friends of the Music Boosters annual appeal has been mailed, the Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction are moving furiously towards performance date, and the Calendar Raffle is taking shape for distribution and sale! This week we’ll present all three fundraisers under the microscope beginning with our annual appeal for friends.


This annual appeal is one of the largest fundraising efforts the Music Boosters host. Simply put, we ask local businesses, alumni families and current families to become our friend by making a tax deductible donation. Sounds simple, right? Well … it is a process. Here is some insight into the workings of the Friends campaign.

The Music Boosters Association has historical contact data for each family that we have access to since 2002! Entered into our “master cylinder” Excel spreadsheet, we are able to separate alums from current students, making a concerted effort to eliminate duplication of letters due to multiple family member performers! This activity always has twists and turns as new students join the band or chorus after the start of school in the fall but we eventually catch up and finalize our current student list. Once that happens the mailmerge for labels takes place.

In the meantime the appeal letters, three to be exact, are prepared. Each version is specific to the group to whom it is mailed. And there are two giving levels, one for businesses and one for private donations. Approximately 700 letters were prepared for mailing this year.

Included in the mailing each year is our Performance Calendar card, a nifty brightly colored reference card with the full school year of performances on one side and the football schedule/half-time shows on the other. This piece goes to everyone…we want to make sure that our prospective donors see the full picture of the contributions our students make to school and community. Once again, there are minor twists and turns with dates and times at the beginning of the year but once it’s finalized, off it goes to the printer. Finally, this year there was also a piece that went into the envelopes for an upcoming special event, printed three per sheet and then cut to size.

Labels, envelopes, three versions of the appeal letter, performance cards, special invitations. There are lots of pieces and time that go into this fundraiser. The final step, the actual mailing preparation, was supervised this year by Corresponding Secretary Vicki Kikuchi and we were fortunate to have a small army of students pitch in to help. A couple of hours later, a few laughs and off went the envelopes for postage!

Our efforts on this appeal are always handsomely rewarded by our friends whose donations bring our total to an annual average in the thousands of dollars range! All donors to the Friends of the Music Boosters campaign are given special recognition in the BHS Holiday Concert program and since we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization we provide a receipt for their generous donation. All revenues from this appeal are applied to our general fund for scholarship commitments and programs that we support in the music department.

Stay tuned for other fundraising updates this week! If you would like a performance calendar or would like to make a contribution and be our friend, you can contact us at

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


On the evening of Saturday, October 10, the Burlington High School Marching Band took to the field at the Salem (NH) High School Fourteenth Invitational Band Show. One of 16 bands participating in this event ranging in size from 27 to over 300 members, the BHS Marching Band of nearly 100 held its own as an annual favorite of the crowd of 3,000 in the stands.

Demonstrating not only its musical prowess but an ability to entertain the masses with its performances of “Star Trek Themes” and “Cantina Island” (music from “Star Wars”), the BHS bandies were described with great excitement by spectators as “a show band.” The moment the Color Guard lit up the field with their sudden burst of flags at the beginning of the show, the crowd surrendered its attention to the Burlington band. From the dance squad members re-enacting the fight scene in “Cantina Island,” to the rock and roll legs of the musicians, to the percussion section undulating rotation, the students from BHS made a huge impression on the spectators, bringing the crowd to their feet with wild cheers and a standing ovation when all was said and done!

The BHS Marching Band always seems to set the standard for new and innovative marching routines and often sees its ideas and movements brought back in the following years by bands who have been witness to their creativity. Congratulations to the entire Marching Band for their ingenuity and outstanding performance. Special thanks to Director Matt Lovell, Assistant Director Amanda Potts, Color Guard Advisor Jen Agati, Dance Squad Advisor Leanne Reardon and Percussion Advisor Joe Cincotta. Extra special congratulations to our student leaders, Drum Majors Eric Leva and Caitlin Riggs, Color Guard Captains Taylor Waisnor and Erin Kelley, and Dance Squad Captains Christina Kashgegian and Andrea McSheehy.

Saturday, October 10, 2009


Burlington High School student musicians don't just limit their performances to BHS where they learn their instrument and are prepared for a variety of performance opportunities. Their talents extend to communities outside of Burlington and because of this we will feature some of these students on occasion with a few words about their accomplishments.

On Saturday, October 10, a large group of Burlington students packed into cars and vans and headed to Worcester to support Patrick Hanafin (far right in picture) and his band, Undertow, as they performed at the Palladium in the “Next Big Thing,” an all-day concert featuring up and coming alternative and punk rock bands. Pat is a percussionist with the Burlington High School Marching Band and is also a member of the Jazz Ensemble. Featured on the main stage, Undertow attracted a huge amount of attention as they played, outshining other bands who were also performing.

Congratulations to Pat and all the members of Undertow on a fabulous show at the Palladium!

Thursday, October 8, 2009


The Burlington High School Marching Band will be marching to the beat of a different drummer when it takes to the streets of Woburn on October 25, participating in the Woburn Halloween Parade. Organized by the Woburn Host Lion’s Club, the annual parade is celebrating its 55th year. For a number of those years, the Burlington Red Devils Marching Band has taken its place, proudly representing Burlington as it winds along the parade route down Woburn’s Main Street.

The Marching Band members from Burlington will use the opportunity to host its own “Halloween Parade March-a-thon.” As a fundraising opportunity for their upcoming trip and performance in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando during the spring of 2010, members will be collecting pledges for their 5-mile march that will be applied towards their individual Disney accounts.

A favorite annual event with an estimated 80,000 spectators of all ages, the Woburn Host Lion’s Club Halloween Parade also provides an opportunity for Lion's Club members to collect donations along the parade route for eye research. Featuring a multitude of bands and marching units, close to 100 floats and over 5,000 participants in the parade, it will be a great take on the afternoon of the 25th!

The Burlington High School Marching Band is certain to be one of the highlights of the day. With each instrumental and auxiliary unit topping their marching uniform with costumes and disguises, this group of musicians always entertains the crowd and is considered to be one of the best marching bands in eastern Massachusetts.

The Woburn Host Lion’s Club Halloween Parade is free of charge. Make a day of it and support our talented young students from Burlington High School.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Congratulations to music students Kevin Parker and Andrew Maurer, both named “Commended Students in the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program.” Please see the link to BHS Principal Patrick Larkin’s blog with a more in-depth description of this achievement:

Kevin Parker is a member of the BHS Marching and Concert Band and has acted as stage manager for a number of BHS productions. Andrew Maurer is a member of the BHS Chorus and has been on stage in several BHS productions.

Congratulations to both Kevin and Andrew and their families!


It's time to show your pride, Burlington fans!!!

The BHS Music Boosters Association is thrilled to be able to present Burlington pride merchandise for sale. The items for sale are bright red spirit sticks with the white logo "Go Burlington" imprinted on them @ $3/pr, Burlington red and white striped knit scarves with fringe ends and the word "Burlington" prominently displayed (above) @ $15, and Burlington Pride seat cushions @ $5. A combo pack of all three items is also available for $20.

A great way to show your pride at home and away and a fantastic gift for your favorite Burlington fan, these items are available at all home football games (scarves will arrive October 14) or by contacting Vicki Kikuchi at

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


The Burlington High School Music Boosters Association will host its second annual fall fundraising event, A Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction, A Magic Music Night, on Saturday, November 7, 2009, at 7:30 pm in the Fogelberg Auditorium of Burlington High School. Featuring all-time favorites from Disney productions, the concert will showcase the students of the BHS Marching Band and staff from Burlington Public Schools.

A special highlight of the evening will be the Silent Auction with bidding taking place prior to the concert and during the gala dessert reception at intermission. Silent Auction items include New England Patriots tickets, theatre tickets, gift certificates for dining, and specialty themed baskets. Burlington Pride merchandise will also be available for purchase.

General admission tickets for A Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction, A Magic Music Night, are $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and students. All proceeds from this event will benefit the BHS Marching Band’s trip to perform in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World during spring break 2010. Tickets are available through band members (to credit their individual Disney account), by phone at 781-A-FUN-TIC and at the door. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Fogelberg Auditorium is handicapped accessible.

Friday, October 2, 2009


· It's Official! We have been approved to go to Disney!
· Belmont football game tonight in Belmont! TIME CHANGE: 6:00!
· Tickets for Gala Benefit Concert on sale now!
· "Lion King" tickets for sale
Password: BURLING2009
· Questions? Contact Donna Gregorio or check out our BLOG at

The Burlington High School Marching Band has been formally invited to perform at Walt Disney World in April of 2010! Officials at Disney Magic Music Days sent Matt Lovell the following communique. Congratulations to all! "Disney Magic Music Days congratulates Burlington High School “Red Devil” Marching Band on being selected to be part of the entertainment at the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort!"

NOTE: Time change to 6:00!! The football game tonight, October 2, 2009, 6:00 pm, is being played in Belmont at Belmont High School. Band students should report to the high school at 4:15. Here are directions to the field: Take 95 south to route 2 east via exit 29A. Take exit 59, route 60 toward Belmont Center/Arlington Center. Stay straight onto Concord Turnpike. Take route 60W ramp toward Belmont Center. Right on Pleasant St, left on Leonard St, left on Concord Ave, high school is at 221 Concord Ave, Belmont.

It is time once again to raise the curtain on the performance stage as the Burlington High School Music Boosters Association sponsors its annual Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction. This year’s gala will not only provide funding for many of our worthwhile programs but will also help subsidize the BHS Marching Band’s travel expenses for its performance at WaltDisneyWorld in Florida next April! The event to be held on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 7:30 pm in the Fogelberg Auditorium at the high school. This gala will include favorite Disney tunes by faculty, parents and student talents. A fun and entertaining evening is planned under the guidance of Burlington Music Director Mr. John Middleton-Cox. There will also be a festive dessert reception and silent auction. Get your tickets now from your marching band student! We welcome any silent auction items that you may be willing to donate.

NOTE: website has changed The National Touring production of "The Lion King" is coming to Boston's Opera House and our first fund raiser is to sell tickets with a built-in donation. The performance is on Wed., Feb. 17, 2010 (February school vacation week) at 7:00 pm. Use the following website to purchase your tiekets now by October 28, 2009 (prices: $50, $85, and $100). Don't delay, the seats will sell fast. What a great holiday gift and a wonderful fund raiser for our kids!
Password: BURLING2009

As part of the November Benefit Concert, we are asking parents to ask friends with businesses for a donation for a Silent Auction item. We are looking for things such as: theme basket, service (e.g., fall yard clean up service, snow removal, house painting, garden service, pet sitting), hair salon, nail salon, massage, restaurant gift certificate. Items are needed by Oct 23. Please contact Shirlely Fong at

For info on this information contact: Donna D. Gregorio, President, BHS Music Boosters Association,

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


The Burlington High School Marching Band has been formally invited to perform at Walt DisneyWorld in April of 2010! Officials at Disney Magic Music Days sent Matt Lovell the following communique:

"Disney Magic Music Days congratulates Burlington High School “Red Devil” Marching Band on being selected to be part of the entertainment at the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort!"

This is the sixth time Mr. Lovell has taken his group to DisneyWorld. Although the trips seem to take place every three years, he is particular about the groups that represent BHS and will only take those that comply with the high standards for which we are known. In the mandatory meeting held at the beginning of the school year, Mr. Lovell assured parents that he is confident this group will be on their best behavior, confirming to all the world (after all, every continent is represented as visitors to DisneyWorld) that the students from Burlington, Massachusetts are the best bunch of kids around!

Even though the students will be the performers, a trip of this magnitude could not be made without parental support. Parent volunteers from the Music Boosters Association have begun the tedious process of organizing fundraising opportunities and tracking the students' trip accounts. As in previous years, they will assist in tackling the logistical headache of packing instruments, uniforms and equipment just prior to the band’s departure. And several lucky ones will have the honor of chaperoning! This year's trip will differ from those of previous years in that BHS has contracted with All Seasons Travel to handle all travel and housing arrangements.

The hard work has just begun. Although the Marching Band has been rehearsing for and performing at the football half-time shows, serious practice for their performance at DisneyWorld will not begin until mid-winter. Given New England weather during that time of year, the students will initially find themselves practicing their marching routines inside the high school.

For some students, traveling to Orlando may be their first trip far away from Burlington and perhaps their first ride on a plane. For all students, however, marching at Walt DisneyWorld is yet another opportunity to practice the level of teamwork and professionalism they achieve throughout the football marching season. Our students will not just be representing themselves as they step onto the pavement at the DisneyWorld but will be ambassadors of music from their hometown of Burlington, Massachusetts, viewed and listened to by people of every generation and culture from across the world.

Sunday, September 27, 2009


The first annual Burlington Fall Faire was held this Saturday, September 26, on the Burlington Common. It appears to have been quite a success with a range of activities from live craft demonstrations to historical displays.

The Music Boosters participated in the event as a fundraising effort for student volunteers to raise money for their DisneyWorld individual accounts. Chaired by Shirley Fong, there were 21 students and five adult supervisors. Popcorn and water were the fare for the day, quenching the thirst and feeding the appetites of visitors. All proceeds will go directly to the individual student volunteer Disney accounts. Thanks to all the parents and student volunteers for making this a wonderful success.


The Burlington High School Music Boosters Association begins its fundraising season with a bang! In cooperation with Broadway Across America and its EventUsher service, the Music Boosters are selling tickets for Disney’s National Touring Company performance of The Lion King at the Boston Opera House. The performance date is February 17, 2010, at 7:00 pm, and falls during Burlington Public School’s winter break.

The price of each ticket for The Lion King includes an automatic donation that will go directly to the BHS Music Boosters Association and is comparable to the standard retail price with handling charges. The proceeds of this fundraiser will be used for one of the many programs the Music Boosters provides to music students at the high school, including the Marching Band's trip to Walt DisneyWorld in the spring.

A fantastic holiday gift and available for purchase by anyone, tickets for the BHS Music Boosters The Lion King fundraiser can be purchased by visiting the Broadway Across America website at (enter “BURLING2009” at the login prompt). Ticket prices range from $48-$97. This special opportunity expires on October 28, 2009.

Friday, September 25, 2009


· Disney trip first deposit submitted
· Stoneham football game tonight in Stoneham -- TIME CHANGE 6:30!!
· Fund raising plans presented to students this week
· "Lion King" tickets for sale Password: BURLING2009
· Need silent auction items!
· Questions? Contact Donna Gregorio


Our first deposit has been submitted to the Disney travel agent! We have over 100 BHS marching band students, chaperones, and directors participating in the trip. For your planning purposes, the next deposit of $350 is due on November 8th.


(NOTE: Time change to 6:30!!) The football game tonight, September 25, 2009, 6:30 pm, is being played in Stoneham at Stoneham High School. Band students should report to the high school at 4:45. Here are directions to the field: Take Route 95 north; exit 38A; merge onto Rte 28/Main St Stoneham for 2.6 miles; turn left at Franklin St., Stoneham HS is at 149 Franklin Street.


We presented all fundraising plans to the Marching Band students on Tuesday of this week during after school Band Rehearsal. Fundraisers that are underway now include: "Lion King" tickets (see below), Halloween Parade Walk-a-Thon, and Movie Night (December 11th). Each student received flyers for each of these fundraisers. Encourage your student to collect "sponsors" for him/her to walk the 5 mile route for the Halloween parade (Sun., Oct. 25). Contact friends who are parents of younger children to come see a movie at BHS auditorium, kid-sitting included. Also, band families, alumni, and local businesses will be receiving a request to become "Friends of the Music Boosters" by submitting a donation. Look for your letter to be arriving in the mail soon. These are just some of the fundraisers that we have planned for the year.


(NOTE: website has changed) The National Touring production of "The Lion King" is coming to Boston's Opera House and our first fundraiser is to sell tickets with a built-in donation. The performance is on Wed., Feb. 17, 2010 (February school vacation week) at 7:00 pm. Use the following website to purchase your tickets by October 28, 2009 (prices: $50, $85, and $100). Don't delay, the seats will sell fast. What a great holiday gift and a wonderful fundraiser for our kids! Password: BURLING2009


As part of the November Benefit Concert, we are asking parents/members to ask friends with businesses for a donation for a silent auction item. We are looking for things such as: theme baskets (Boosters members can team up for things such as Christmas theme, Fall Fun, DVD Movie Night, but please contact Shirley Fong first to avoid duplication!), service gift certificates (e.g., fall yard clean up service, snow removal, house painting, garden service, pet sitting), hair salon, nail salon, massage, restaurant gift certificate. Items are needed by Oct 23. Please contact Shirley Fong at

For more info on any of today's information, please contact Donna Gregorio at

Thursday, September 24, 2009


The Burlington High School Red Devil’s football game will be held in Stoneham tomorrow night beginning at 6:30 pm. BHS Marching Band students are expected to arrive at the high school by 4:45 pm to suit up and pack up for a 5:30 pm bus!

This is the second away game to which the band has travelled. The BHS Marching Band has had a long history of playing at every home AND away game, doing so when no other band in the league has travelled! It's a testament to the support we have always been given by staff and administration.

The Music Boosters are extremely proud of the students. Take time to come out to the game on Friday. The half-time show is absolutely out-of-this world (no pun intended), with selections from Star Wars and Star Trek!

Beam Me Up, Mattie!

Monday, September 21, 2009


This is a music blog alert!

Marshall Simonds Middle School has a FANTASTIC music blog that not only provides information for the students and parents of the music program, it also includes some great links to interesting sites. There is information about auditions, band membership guidelines and procedures in addition to performing group pages. Links take you to an online music dictionary, instrumental care, the Smithsonian Jazz, sheet music, etc.

It is definitely worth spending some time at. The link is:

Kudos to the staff at MSMS!

Sunday, September 20, 2009


The Burlington High School Music Boosters Association would like to congratulate high school bands director Matt Lovell and Liz Geraghty, a teacher from Reading, MA, on their marriage that took place on Saturday, September 19, 2009.

Mr. Lovell has been teaching both the Marching and Concert BandS for nearly 25 years at Burlington High School. As a result of his expertise, commitment and love for his profession, BHS music students have had the finest of instrumental and marching education. Mr. Lovell has also impacted students at BHS who have a desire to learn music composition in the ever-popular class, Music Theory.

Matt informed his students on Thursday of his impending marriage, to the delight of one and all. Congratulations, Matt and Liz. May you have a lifetime filled with happiness, joy and most of all, love!

Saturday, September 19, 2009


· Disney trip is at capacity!
· First home football game tomorrow night!
· Fund raising plans to be presented to students this week.
· "Lion King" tickets for sale from the website.
· Need volunteers to sell concessions at Historical Society Event
· Questions? Contact Donna Gregorio

Our travel agent made reservations for 96 members of Burlington High School to fly to Disney. We have reached that limit with receipt of our deposits! We are thrilled with the positive response we have had to the trip and look forward to our fund raising and planning stages. Thank you for sending in your deposits in a timely fashion.

The first home football game of the season is tonight, September 19, 2009, at BHS Varsity Field at 7:00 pm.

We plan to present all fund raising plans to the Marching Band students this week on Tuesday at Band Rehearsal after school. Please look for materials to be coming home with your student. We are ready for the fund raising to begin in many areas, and we hope to see many students working to raise money towards their trip fund, in order to decease the upcoming deposits for the trip. Fund raisers include: Benefit Disney Concert (Sat, Nov 7, 2009); “Lion King” ticket sales (see below); Raffle Calendar; Halloween parade Walk A Thon; Movie Night at BHS auditorium; Concession sales at various events (including football games); “Friends” of the Boosters. Stay tuned for more details!

The National Touring Company production of "The Lion King" is coming to Boston's Opera House and our first fund raiser is to sell tickets with a built-in donation. We have reserved 50 seats at a group rate for the performance on Wed., Feb. 17, 2010 (February school vacation week) at 7:00 pm. Use the following website to purchase your tiekets now! These tickets will be on sale through October 28, 2009, and they are selling for $50, $85, and $100. Don't delay, the seats will sell fast. What a great holiday gift and a wonderful fund raiser for our kids!

You’ll need the password BURLING2009 to access the site.

As part of our concession sales, we are planning to sell water and popcorn at the Burlington Common for the First Historical Society's Fall Fair, on Saturday, September 26, 10 - 3. Proceeds will be divided among the number of student helpers for their individual Disney Trip funds. If you or your student are interested, please contact Shirley Fong at

Contact the Burlington High School Music Boosters Association: