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 http://www.eventusher.broadwayacrossamerica.com/. (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 http://www.eventusher.broadwayacrossamerica.com/ Password: BURLING2009
· Need silent auction items!
· Questions? Contact Donna Gregorio burlgregs@yahoo.com


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!

http://www.eventusher.broadwayacrossamerica.com/ 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 shirltalk@aol.com

For more info on any of today's information, please contact Donna Gregorio at burlgregs@yahoo.com.

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: http://msmsmusic.wordpress.com/

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 burlgregs@yahoo.com

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 shirltalk@aol.com

Contact the Burlington High School Music Boosters Association: burlgregs@yahoo.com

Monday, September 14, 2009


The BHS Music Boosters Association will once again participate in the Rayburn Music school instruments lease program tomorrow night at the high school. Boosters volunteers will help the professionals from Rayburn process paperwork for the instrument lease program at the elementary school level.

This is the second year the Music Boosters members have participated in this program. Introduced to the organization last year, Rayburn Music will generously donate a set fee to the Boosters for each volunteer. It’s a win-win!

If anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer for this general fundraiser, contact Donna Gregorio.

Friday, September 11, 2009


This morning the Select Chorus sang the National Anthem during morning announcements as they assisted Principal Larkin in BHS' remembrance of the terrorist attacks of 9/11. This solemn moment in our students' day was also marked by a moment of silence to honor four individuals connected to Burlington who perished during the tragedy of that day.

Mr. Larkin has included a video of this on his blog. You can view it at:
http://burlingtonhigh.blogspot.com/2009/09/september-11th-morning-announcements.html .


· First payment for Disney trip OVERDUE
· First football game TONIGHT
· Fund raising efforts approved at General Boosters meeting
· Reminder: Game date change from 9/17/09 to 9/19/09.
· Further questions, contact us: Donna Gregorio, burlgregs@yahoo.com
· Or check out our new BLOG at http://www.bhsmusicboosters.blogspot.com/

First Disney Payment OVERDUE

The first payment for the Disney trip was due September 10, 2009. This trip is NOT a done deal. Mr. Lovell will make a determination if there are enough students to go on the trip based on how many deposits have been made. So far the number is low! PLEASE SEND IN YOUR DEPOSITS TODAY, it is not too late!

Please mail your check for $300 (made payable to BHS Music Boosters) to Burlington High School Music Boosters Association, PO Box 1052, Burlington, MA 01803. If you have any questions about the trip or the deposits, you may contact Donna Gregorio at burlgregs@yahoo.com.

Also, we are still in need chaperones (those deposits are also due)…please contact Donna Gregorio at burlgregs@yahoo.com if you are interested.

First Football Game TONIGHT

The first football game of the season is tonight, September 11, 2009, in Billerica. Band members should be at the high school at 5:15 pm for the bus to Billerica which departs at 6:00 pm. Game time is 7:00 pm. The game is at the Marshall Middle School, 15 Floyd St., Billerica. The game is NOT at Billerica HS.

Reminder: Game date change

The correct date for the second football game is Sat., 9/19/09, 7:00 against Arlington at home. It was changed from the original date because it conflicted with the BHS Open House (9/17/09). Pass the word!

Fund raising efforts approved

At our first General Boosters meeting held this week, the following fund raising plans were approved: Benefit Disney Concert (Sat, Nov 7, 2009); “Lion King” ticket sales; Raffle Calendar; Magnetic memo board with advertisements; 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!

Contact us

Communication from the Music Boosters will come to you through many channels, including emails, mailings, blog, and website (under construction). Here are the names of the BHS Music Boosters Executive Board Members. Feel free to contact any one of us with your questions:

Executive Committee Members:
President – Donna Gregorio, burlgregs@yahoo.com
Vice President for Band – Tim Rose
Vice President for Chorus – Michelle Campbell
Secretary – Vicky Kikuchi
Treasurer – Sue Frost
Disney Chair – Steve Parker
Publicity – Vanessa Ovian
Fund Raising Coordinator and Hospitality – Shirley Fong
Executive Members at Large – Lori Kashgegian, Donna Nadir

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Are You Ready For Some Football?

The first football game of the season will take place tomorrow evening when Burlington travels to Billerica in the traditional season opener. Gametime is 7:00 pm and is not held at Billerica High School but rather at Marshall Middle School, 15 Floyd Street, Billerica.

After hours of practice, including two weeks of band camp, it's showtime! If you have a first year Marching Band student (and even if you don't) there are a couple of things to keep in mind.
  1. Marching Band members are expected to be at the school at 5:15 pm.
  2. Buses will depart BHS at 6:00 pm.
  3. Black socks and shoes for instrumentalists.
  4. White T-shirts given to the students at Band Camp are recommended for under instrumental uniforms. When the weather gets cold some kids will want to use gloves without the fingertips...keep a lookout for them in the stores now so your student won't be caught without! Instrumentalists are assigned coats to wear over their uniforms in cold/wet weather.
  5. Snacks and drinks will be provided by the Music Boosters for members at all home and away games. However, there is always a snack bar at the football fields (in case they ask for money off that tree in the backyard). Shirley Fong is the Music Boosters Hospitality Coordinator. If you are interested in contributing a snack for the games, please contact her: shirltalk@aol.com.
  6. Marching Band parents are always at the games. It's great fun to watch how fantastic the students are and how they progress through the season, especially in their marching routines! Tickets to games generally cost between $6-$8. Season tickets are available...please phone the Athletics Department at BHS for information.
  7. Arrival time back at the high school varies. It's probably best to ask your student to give you a call when they are on their way back to the school. Keep in mind that they must also change back into their street clothes and hang their uniforms before they depart from the school!
  8. Arrive a little early tomorrow night. The entrance to the field in Billerica tends to get very crowded at gametime as does the parking lot.
Hope to see everyone there!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Meet & Greet: Music Boosters 1st General Membership Mtg

The BHS Music Boosters will hold its first meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 8, at 7:00 pm in the band room at BHS. This meeting gives parents/guardians an opportunity to meet this year's executive board as well as actively participate in plans for the year. Membership in the organization is automatic for parents of students who are in any of the BHS performance ensembles. And our membership is free!!!

The Music Boosters Association follows Roberts Rules of Order and maintains its own Articles of Organization. We are a 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is quite clear and fundamentally supports the education and well-being of our music students and the music program at BHS. We provide financial support for non-school activities, aid the music staff as they deem proper and fitting, publicize the music program and the student performances throughout the year and involve the community in supporting the BHS music program.

A large part of our annual activities are directed toward fundraising for the scholarship programs we have in place for graduating seniors of the Marching Band and music department students. The Tuesday meeting will introduce a number of fundraising opportunities, by directed and general, some of which will require an approval vote by membership.

Bottom line (no pun intended . . . really): The BHS Music Boosters needs you!!!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Bits and Pieces


· Music Boosters General Meeting, Tuesday, September 8, 7:00 pm, BHS Band Room
· First payment for Marching Band Disney trip
due September 10, 2009
· Looking for
Disney chaperones
· BHS Music Boosters Association welcome packet mailed
· Game date change from 9/17/09 to 9/19/09
· Volunteer to bring snacks to games
· Further questions, contact us: Donna Gregorio,

First Music Boosters General Meeting
Welcome to the parents/guardians of BHS Chorus, Select Chorus, Marching Band, Color Guard and Dance Squad! Our first General Music Boosters Meeting will be Tuesday night, September 8, 7:00 pm in the BHS Band Room. Come hear about the opportunities we have in store for general and directed fundraising, including our annual Benefit Concert, Lion King ticket sales, calendar raffle, walk-a-thon, movie night, and merchandise sales. Rob Giannino, our All Seasons Travel agent, will be present to answer questions about the Marching Band Disney trip.

First Disney Payment Due
Just a reminder that the first payment for the Disney trip is due September 10, 2009. Please mail your check for $300 (made payable to BHS Music Boosters) to Burlington High School Music Boosters Association, PO Box 1052, Burlington, MA 01803.

Looking for Disney Chaperones
Chaperoning the Disney trip can be a wonderful opportunity to share some great memories with your band member. If you decide to do so, please remember to submit your deposit along with you student’s deposit by September 10th. For more information about chaperoning, you may contact Donna Gregorio at

Welcome Packet
This week we mailed a welcome packet to all BHS music families, including Marching Band, Color Guard, Dance Squad, Chorus, and Select Chorus members. The welcome packet contains a schedule of marching band and chorus events and directions to all of the away games, including the Salem, NH Marching Band Invitational. We also added a volunteer form, as the Boosters are always looking for assistance in many areas. Finally, the welcome packet contains a copy of the BHS Music Boosters Association By-Laws. We hope that you will read it and contact us with any questions you may have.

Game date change
The second football game of the season has been changed from 9/17/09 to 9/19/09 at 7:00 pm. The original date conflicted with the BHS Open House. This is a home game. Pass the word!

Snack Volunteers
Please volunteer to SIGN UP to bring snacks to the games! We need volunteers for many game dates. Please contact Shirley Fong with what you plan to bring and for what game at

Upcoming Events:
General meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 8, 7:00 pm, Band Room
Rayburn Music instrument rental night training: Wed, Sept. 9, 7:30 pm, cafeteria
Benefit Concert Committee meeting: Wed, Sept 9, 8:30 pm, cafeteria
Football Season Opener: Fri, Sept 11, 7 pm (bus leaves @ 6pm), @ Billerica (Marching Band)
Rayburn Music instrument rental night: Tues. Sept 15, 6:00 pm, cafeteria
Burlington vs. Arlington Football: Sat, Sept 19, 7:00 pm (lineup @ 6:25), @ BHS
Burlington vs. Stoneham Football: Fri, Sept 25, 7:00 pm (Bus @ 6:00), @ Stoneham
Executive Board meeting: Tuesday October 6, 7:00 pm, music outer office

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Ready, Set, Go!


The Burlington High School Music Boosters Association is continuing our pursuit of electronic communications by creating a blog to replace the old BHS Music Boosters E-Notes (aka, BHS Music Boosters Newsletter). The information remains the same, the format is simply updated. It is our hope that Music Boosters membership, students and staff will regularly check back for all types of information including last minute announcements, changes in schedules, event information, calls for volunteers, etc.

In addition to our blog, the BHS Music Boosters Association website will soon be up-and-running and will include general information about the organization (By-Laws, Executive Board members, committee information, etc).

The Executive Board had its first meeting last night and we are well on our way to a fantastic year filled with loads of activities, all supporting the efforts of our music department and funding for our scholarship award programs. The 2009-2010 BHS Music Boosters Executive Board and Committee Heads are:

President: Donna Gregorio (burlgregs@yahoo.com)

Vice President, Band: Tim Rose

Vice President, Chorus: Michelle Campbell

Secretary: Vicki Kikuchi

Treasurer: Sue Frost

Public Relations: Vanessa Ovian, (vovian@comcast.net)

Fundraising Coordinator and Hospitality: Shirley Fong (shirltalk@aol.com)

Members at Large: Lori Kashgegian, Donna Nadir

Disney Chair: Steve Parker

Don't forget to check back often for more posts!