Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Special Thank You to Friends

The Burlington High School Music Boosters Association would like to thank the following families, individuals and business sponsors for their donations to the 2010 Friends of the Music Boosters Association fundraising drive. As a result of their generosity, the Music Boosters have raised approximately $3,000!


Roche Brothers

Burlington Medical Associates
Burlington Police Patrolman’s Association
Burlington Professional Firefighters
Kirkland and Shaw

Cambridge Savings Bank

Joseph A. Spinali, DMD
Woburn Bowladrome


Cindy and Mike Brouillette
Michael and Cheryl Herlihy
The Kikuchi Family
Ellen and Alan Krupp
The Markuson Family
Ginger Mungillo
The Riggs Family
The Rizza Family
Len and Jana Romano
The Vibert Family

Ellen and Jerry Baum
The Costner Family
Steve and Rosa Evans
The Frost Family
Richard and Terrie Gilstrap
The Harrigan Family
Pam and Tony Hong Family
Dr. and Mrs. Scot Horwitz
The Parker Family
The Saledas Family
Stephen and Maryellen Schissler and Family
The Tavis Family
Robert and Maureen Tomkins

Rick and Janice Bertolami
The Burk Family
The Dawe Family
The DiPerna Family
Ray and Donna DiRusso
The Frederick Family
The Fuentes Family
The Gallivan Family
Donna and Stephen Gregorio
Adam and Deirdre Heisler
David and Karen Keaney
Solange Louis and Eddy Louis
Shelagh Maiorana
Laura and Wayne Martin
Diane and Stan Mills
Stephen and Janet Moffatt
The Nadir Family
The O’Donnell Family
Wendy and Gene Peterson
The Rosenberg Family
Christopher and Deborah A. Ryan
The Simon-Pearson Family
Wayne and Carolyn Taranto
Bevin Vigneau

Nancy Rich and Elie Saliba
The Zahora Family

There is still time to participate in the Friends of the Music Boosters annual campaign. Please make checks payable to BHS Music Boosters Association and forward it to BHS Music Boosters Assn., PO Box 1052, Burlington, MA 01803

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Night of Musical Holiday Relaxation!

The Burlington High School Music Department invites you enjoy a bit of holiday cheer Thursday evening, December 16, 2010, at the annual BHS Holiday Concert to be held in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center at Burlington High School. The performance will begin at 7:30 pm. Featured on the concert will BHS Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble led by Matt Lovell, and the BHS Chorus and Select Singers led by John Middleton-Cox.

The BHS Holiday Concert promises to be a wonderful evening of music that will bring the warmth of the season to all who attend. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to enjoy this holiday gift of music. Fogelberg Auditorium is handicapped accessible.

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious...Boosters sell "Mary Poppins"

The Burlington High School Music Boosters Association are once again partnering with Broadway Across America and its EventUsher service in a fundraiser that is offering tickets for Disney’s National Touring Company performance of “Mary Poppins” at the Boston Opera House. The performance will take place at 7:30 pm on February 23, 2011, falling during Burlington Public Schools’ winter break.

Ticket prices are $50 for balcony seats and $90 for orchestra seats. A portion of the ticket price will go to the programs of the BHS Music Boosters Association.

“Mary Poppins” brings its own brand of Broadway magic to theaters across the country. Featuring the irresistible story and unforgettable songs from one of the most popular Disney films of all time, plus brand-new breathtaking dance numbers and spectacular stagecraft, Mary Poppins is everything you could ever want in a hit Broadway show! So get swept up in the fun of this high flying musical the New York Post gives four out of four stars and calls “a perfect piece of musical theater.”

A fantastic holiday gift and available for purchase by all, tickets for the BHS Music Boosters “Mary Poppins” fundraiser can be purchased by visiting the Broadway Across America website at http://www.eventusher. com/ and enter “boost” at the login prompt. This special opportunity runs only until January 7, 2011.

Thursday, November 25, 2010


The Burlington High School Music Boosters Association would like to wish each and every one of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is the final football game of the season...the Marching Band appears for its farewell performance of the year in Lexington. The game begins at 10:15 am. We hope to see you all there.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

It's A Wonderful Life...A Holiday Classic Right Here At BHS

So you say you haven't bought your tickets yet for It's A Wonderful Life? Well...what are you waiting for? Maybe a picture will help!

The Baileys are reunited on Christmas Eve!
We're sure you will agree...a holiday season isn't complete without George Bailey, Mary Hatch, Clarence, Uncle Billy, Mr. Potter, Harry Bailey and the rest of the gang from Bedford Falls.

Tickets are now available. Bring the whole family for this memorable holiday presentation at the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center on December 4 at 7:30pm and December 5 at 2:00 pm.

Visit or 781-A-FUN-TIC.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: Tickets Now On Sale

Burlington High School is pleased to present one of the most beloved classics of all times, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” on stage at the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center this holiday season. Performances will take place on Saturday, December 4 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 5 at 2:00 pm.

Adapted by James W Rodgers from the Frank Capra film starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore, “It’s a Wonderful Life” is the story of love and redemption, the story of George Bailey, a young man who seems to have the perfect life: a loving wife, four children and his own business. Then, on Christmas Eve, overwhelming troubles come crashing down on him and he contemplates suicide, convinced that everyone would be better off if he'd never lived. At the last moment his guardian angel, Clarence, appears to show George just how the world would be without him. George is convinced and Clarence returns him to the world for a happy ending that has melted hearts for generations. Playing the lead role of George Bailey is Zaven Ovian with Emily Murgo as Mary Hatch and Stuart Gelin as Clarence Odbody.

Reserved seating tickets for “It’s a Wonderful Life” can be purchased by visiting Ticket prices are $5 for students and senior citizens, and $10 for adults. For more information please phone 781-A-FUN-TIC.

The Fogelberg Performing Arts Center is located at 123 Cambridge Street, Burlington, and is handicapped accessible (for special assistance, please phone 781-270-1860).


Today is Veteran's Day. The Burlington High School Marching Band will participate in the annual commemoration at the town common planned and coordinated by the Veteran's Affairs office here in town.

Every year this event attracts not just veterans but a large group of patriots, Americans whose family members have served their country over the past many decades and their supporters.

We salute each and every one of them. Your service to our country and the freedom we enjoy is recognized and truly appreciated.

The BHS Marching Band, Select Singers and Chorus also participated in the all-school assembly yesterday to commemorate Veteran's Day.

Please join the Music Boosters as we support all the men and women of the armed forces as well as our own BHS Marching Band today on the Burlington Town Common at 9:00 am for "Call to Colors" and at 10:00 am for the Veteran's Day observance.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

"SHARE THE JOY": BHS Select Singers Join 2,000 In Yuletide Premiere

The BHS Select Singers, conducted by John Middleton-Cox, will sing the world premiere of a new holiday song at Lord & Taylor in the Burlington Mall, Monday, November 15, at 5:30 pm celebrating the eagerly anticipated annual unveiling of the holiday windows at Lord & Taylor’s flagship store in New York City.

With the Young People’s Chorus of New York City™ and almost 2,000 choristers at most of Lord & Taylor’s 46 locations in nine states, the Select Singers will sing a program of yuletide favorites highlighted by “Share the Joy,” written just for this occasion by founder and artistic director of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City™ Francisco J. Núñez and composer Jim Papoulis.

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City™ extended the invitation to all of the choruses in the spirit of the season to show how the power of song can bring people of all kinds together through music.

The New York event, featuring a performance by Kristin Chenoweth, will be streamed live at In addition, all of the performances will be taped so that afterwards, every one of the Lord & Taylor performances in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Michigan, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia, and Illinois will be available for viewing at The Burlington High School Select Singers are one of the choruses already list on this website...take a look!

Immediately after the unveiling, a recording of “Share the Joy,” featuring the voices of all participating choruses will be available at Lord & Taylor, on iTunes, and on

General Membership Meeting: Come One and All

A general membership meeting of the BHS Music Boosters Association will be held tonight, Tuesday, November 9, at the high school beginning at 7:30 pm in the band room.

Agenda topics include a report on the Gala Benefit Concert and the upcoming Mary Poppins fundraiser.

Also to be discussed is the new music scholarship that we hope to institute this year.

We will be looking for volunteers from the band parents to donate food and help with both our Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving Day pre-game breakfasts

All members are urged to attend.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Dear Burlington: Gala Benefit Concert is Tribute to Music in Schools

Dear Burlington music lovers:

The Burlington High School Music Boosters Association would like to thank both the local and high school communities for supporting the Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction, featuring The New England Tenors and BHS Chorus and Select Singers. Saturday evening was a magical night for all who were in attendance. Our enthusiastic audience spanned every generation and the spirited and rousing ovations were an overwhelming tribute to the on-stage talent and the event!

Our sincere thanks go out to all who made this a night to remember including The New England Tenors and the brilliant voices of John Middleton-Cox, Ray Bauwens and Damien Corcoran, Alan Freedman on piano, Burlington Schools music teacher Jennifer Rzasa on Violin, and BHS music student Patrick Hanafin on percussion. Also, we wish to thank Mike Fay, Jenny Shaw, Chet Maguire, Alan McRae, Kate McMahon, and all our student and parent volunteers.

We would like to thank our program sponsors whose support of our endeavors is greatly appreciated: Accurate Automotive & Tire Warehouse, the Hilton Garden Inn Boston/Burlington, Brenda Cahoon of Exit Premier Real Estate, Arthur Fertman, DDS, PC, New Jang Su Korean BBQ Restaurant, Spencer Cleaners, and Dr. Robert E. Segool, Optometrist.

There were many local businesses whose generosity to the silent auction helped us reach our fundraising goal for this event. Special thanks go to: the Gregorio Family, the Hilton Garden Inn, “Shear Madness” at the Charles Theatre II, PC Healthstop, Elizabeth Grady, the JFK Presidential Library and Museum, the Paul Revere House, the Obleschuk Family and the Minuteman National Park, Meryl Galaid and the Wheelock Family Theatre, and the Peabody Essex Museum.

Also, the Burlington Recreation Department, Subway, Showcase Cinemas Woburn, “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Beauty and the Beast” at Burlington High School, the Real School of Music, Spencer Cleaners, Massage Envy, Roche Brothers, Chili’s Grill & Bar, Patterson’s Back Bay Dancewear, Adrian Beltre and the Boston Red Sox, Ikier Wellness Center, Dandelion Green, Pizza Works, The Fong Family, Capital Grille, “Sing-a-Long Mary Poppins” and “Dame Edna” at the Regent Theatre.

Finally, Diane Mills, The Melting Pot, the Cote Family, A Whole Bunch, Burlington Jade, Deborah Monte, Josephine Perelman, Medieval Manor Theatre-Restaurant, Given Erwin Florist and Garden Center, Angela Richardson and “Godspell” at the Turtle Lane Playhouse, and Burlington Veterinary Hospital.

We are also extremely grateful to the following businesses that made the dessert reception a complete and total success: Delicious Desserts, Hilton Garden Inn, Julie’s Confections, La Cascia’s Bakery, Stop ‘n’ Shop Bedford, Stop ‘n’ Shop Lexington, Stop ‘n’ Shop Woburn, True North, The Fat and Happy Baker of Wakefield, and Shotcakes at the Burlington Mall.

The Burlington High School Music Boosters Association is a non-profit organization that supports the music department with a number of programs including scholarships for every graduating marching band member, concert attire for band and chorus members, transportation to music festivals, wish list items for the music department and the introduction of a new scholarship for music students who continue music studies in college. Please check back here often for new and exciting performances at the high school.

Christian theologian Martin Luther's words sum it up beautifully: "As long as we live, there is never enough singing."

Thank you, Burlington, for your never-ending support of our endeavors and the realization that music plays an important part in all our lives.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

WELCOME HOME: Varsity Field Reopens with BHS Red Devils vs. Wakefield Warriors

The Burlington High School Red Devils have been dying to play the Wakefield Warriors on Friday, November 5 in a home game in Burlington.

Why Wakefield, you may ask?

Because November 5th will be the first game on Burlington High School's NEW VARSITY FIELD!!! Since the beginning of school our athletic field and its surrounding area have been torn up while the school has replaced the deteriorating and unsafe bleachers on both home and visitor sides and installed a new turf field. And guess what! We now have the same turf that is used at Gillette Stadium. We don't fool around!

Beginning at 6:25 pm, there will be a special Opening Ceremony for the new facility with Mr. Field as Master of Ceremonies. All town officials will be present.

Following that there will also be a special Senior Recognition Ceremony beginning at approximately 6:45. Seniors from the Marching Band, Dance Squad, Color Guard, football team and cheerleading squad will be introduced with their parents/guardians and take the field in recognition of their achievements at BHS. Athletes from other fall sports will also be acknowledged.

So...fair warning...arrive a bit early if you would like to park close, choose a great viewing spot on the new bleachers and revel in the excitement of our new VARSITY FIELD!


Monday, November 1, 2010

The New England Tenors: Catch a Glimpse of Saturday's Performance Here

With all that has been published about The Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction featuring The New England Tenors, we thought the only thing left to do is provide a tease of what you can look forward to!

This clip of The New England Tenors was  recorded by Alan McRae during their recent performance at Ashworth By The Sea in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. Tenors John Middleton-Cox (yes, Burlington's own), Damien Corcoran and Ray Bauwens, accompanied by Alan Freedman on piano, will be joined on Saturday evening by the Burlington High School Chorus and Select Singers, presenting a variety of genres that will please everyone in the audience!

The silent auction viewing and bidding will take place before the concert and during our festive dessert reception at intermission. Don't by shy about placing your bids! All proceeds from this memorable event will go directly to the programs the Music Boosters Association supports, including scholarships, transportation, concert attire and music department wish-list items.

We are anxiously waiting for Saturday to arrive and look forward to seeing everyone! Doors open at 6:30 pm to allow for silent auction viewing and bidding; the auditorium doors open at 7:00 pm.

To purchase tickets, visit or phone 781-A-FUN-TIC for more information.

The event will take place in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center of Burlington High School, located at 123 Cambridge Street, Burlington, and is handicapped accessible.

Sunday, October 31, 2010


The Burlington High School Music Boosters has been overwhelmed this year with items for everyone: theatre tickets, spa surprises, baseball collectibles, vacation getaways, dining gift certificates, museum tickets. Take some time and look over what we have to offer on Saturday, November 6, at the Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction. The concert begins at 7:30 but doors to the high school will open at 6:30 for all who wish to purchase tickets, review the exciting items and place your bids!

AND REMEMBER: BID HIGH AND BID OFTEN. The proceeds of this benefit go to the programs we support for the music department at BHS.

Weekend escape to a beautiful, Lakefront Cabin on Batch Lake, in lovely Wakefield, New Hampshire Offer valid for fall, winter, spring; reservations to be made with owner. Donor: The Gregorio Family. Value: $750

Two nights in the beautiful Hilton Garden Inn, including breakfast. Donor: Hilton Garden Inn, 5 Wheeler Rd, Burlington. Value: $250

What better way to enjoy a night out than with two tickets to see Shear Madness. Donor: Shear Madness, Charles Theatre II, 74 Warrenton Street, Boston. Value: $10

Gift certificate for one hour of computer service for your PC system, network or peripherals. Donor: PC Healthstop, 101 Cambridge St., Burlington. Value: $85

Gift certificate to Elizabeth Grady. Donor: Elizabeth Grady, 70 The Mall Road, Burlington. Value $70

Four 2-for-1 admission tickets to the JFK Presidential Library and Museum. Donor: JFK Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston, MA. Value: $48

Four tickets to the Paul Revere House and a customized, reserved visit for your family or group to Minuteman National Park, 2 Junior Park Ranger Hats and Ranger tour books to Minuteman National Park and a copy of “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere,” signed by illustrator Christopher Bing. Donors: The Paul Revere House, 19 North Square, Boston, MA; Minuteman National Park, Leslie Obleschuk, Chief of Interpretation and Education. Value: PRICELESS!

Four tickets to the Wheelock Family Theatre. Donor: Wheelock Family Theatre, 200 The Riverway, Boston, MA  Value: $120

Four-pack of tickets to the Peabody Essex Museum. Donor: Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA. Value: $60

$50 Gift Certificate for a Burlington Recreation Department program, $5 gift certificate for Subway, and one ticket to Showcase Cinemas Woburn. Donors: Burlington Recreation Department; Subway Restaurant, 31 Cambridge Street, Burlington; Showcase Cinemas Woburn, 25 Middlesex Canal Parkway, Woburn. Value: $65

A family pack of four tickets awaits the highest bidder for BHS’ production of Beauty and the Beast, March 25-26 and April 1-2, 2010. Donor: Burlington High School Music Department. Value: $60

Gift certificate for four 30-minute private lessons at Real School of Music. Donor: Real School of Music, 56 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington. Value: $165

Gift cards from Spencer Cleaners, 271 Cambridge Street, Burlington. Donor: Spencer Cleaners, Dan Ditucci, owner. Value: $30

Gift certificate good for one massage at Massage Envy. Donor: Massage Envy, 2 Wayside Road, Burlington. Value: $78

A family-pack of four tickets It’s a Wonderful Life, December 4 & 5. Donor: Burlington High School. Value: $60

Gift certificate to fill your pantry! Donor: Roche Brothers, 34 Cambridge St, Burlington. Value: $150

Gift card for Chili’s Grill & Bar and two tickets to Showcase Cinemas Woburn. Donors: Chili’s Grill & Bar, 108 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington; Showcase Cinemas Woburn, 25 Middlesex Canal Parkway, Woburn. Value: $46

$25 gift certificate to Patterson’s Back Bay Dancewear. Donor: Patterson’s Back Bay Dancewear, 185 Cambridge Street, Burlington. Value: $25

Autographed baseball from Red Sox veteran third baseman, #29, Adrian Beltre. Donor: Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park, Boston. Value: EBay value $75

Gift certificate for therapeutic massage or corrective exercise at the Ikier Wellness Center, 101 Cambridge St, #390, Burlington. Donor: Beverley Ikier. Value: $125

$25 gift certificate to Dandelion Green and two tickets to AMC Burlington. Donors: Dandelion Green, 90 Burlington Mall Road, Burlington; AMC Burlington, 20 South Ave., Burlington. Value: $45

Gift card for Pizza Works. Donor: Pizza Works, 222 Cambridge Street. Value: $25

Two gift cards for The Capital Grille. Goes to two highest bidders. Donor: The Capital Grille, 10 Wayside Road, Burlington. Value: (2) at $50 each

Pair of tickets to see Dame Edna on stage at the Regent Theatre in Arlington on Saturday, January 22. Donor: The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street, Arlington, MA. Value: $50

A specialty basket filled with coffee and brunch-related products. Basket includes a set of mugs, coffee, biscotti, pancake mix and extras. Donor: Diane Mills. Value: $50

Gift certificate to The Melting Pot. Donor: Melting Pot, 213 Burlington Road, Bedford. Value: $25

Basket filled with items from Bath and Body Works. Donors: The Cote Family. Value: $60

Two tickets to “Sing-A-Long Mary Poppins” (movie) at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, Friday, November 26 at 7:00 pm. Donor: The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street, Arlington, MA. Value: $30

A graceful and beautiful orchid plant. Donor: A Whole Bunch, Burlington Mall/Cambridge St., Burlington. $40

Gift certificate for Burlington Jade. Donor: Burlington Jade, 271B Cambridge Street, Burlington. Value: $20

A photographed and framed print of a water lily by Deborah Monte. Donor: Deborah Monte. Value: $59

One month unlimited tanning at any level (excludes spray tan).Donor: Hollywood Tans, 101 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington. Value: $100

Two sets of quilted wall hangings made with a French flair, one set ethnic and one set theatre themed. Donor: Josephine Perelman. Value: Priceless

Gift certificate for 5 (admission $25.00 per person). 21+. Donor: Medieval Manor Theatre Restaurant, 246 East Berkeley St, Boston, MA. Value: $100

Gift card for Given Erwin Florist and Garden Center, 35 Chestnut Ave., Burlington. Value: $50

Elegant seasonal centerpiece in silk and dried flowers accented with an aromatic jar candle. Donor: Diane Mills. Value: $50

An hour of mentoring/coaching with professional violinist Colin Davis. Donor: The Ikier Wellness Center. Donor: Ikier Wellness Center, 101 Cambridge Street, Suite 390, Burlington. Value: $150

Two tickets to see "Godspell" at the Turtle Lane Playhouse (11/26 thru 12/30). Donor: Turtle Lane Playhouse, 283 Melrose St., Auburndale, MA. Value: $60

Gift certificate for Wellness Visit and Vaccines from Burlington Veterinary Hospital. Donor: Burlington Veterinary Hospital, 64 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington. Value: $250

BHS Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction Hits the Papers

In the final week leading up to the Boosters Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction, the coverage in the press has been amazing.

Here are links to some of the on-line/print coverage.

Boston Sunday Globe

Lowell Sun

Burlington Union

This year' event promises to be unforgettable with the voices of three dynamic tenors, John Middleton-Cox, Ray Bauwens and Damien Corcoran. Joining them will be the BHS Chorus and Select Singers.

The Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction is the primary fundraiser for the BHS Music Boosters Association. The proceeds of this event support all Boosters programs for the music department at the high school and include an unmatched number of scholarships from any local organization, transportation, performance attire and banquets honoring every musician, dance squad and color guard member.

The silent auction items are fabulous and will be under a separate post...but fair warning: you won't want to miss what we have to offer this year! Bid high and bid often!!!

Tickets for the Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction are now on sale. Visit or for more information, phone 781-A-FUN-TIC!

Friday, October 29, 2010


So who is this????
This fall has swallowed up every moment of time for the marching band members and their families like a big, ugly monster on Halloween.

From Band Camp that occupied their final two weeks of summer to after school practices and sectionals, the Salem Invitational and football fields that are foreign territory to all, it has been a packed schedule.

Now it's time for more fun!!! This Sunday the BHS Marching Band will participate in the Woburn Lions Club Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 31. YES...IT IS ON HALLOWEEN!!!

The parade starts at 1pm and runs down Main Street, Woburn with the start at the Woburn Movie Theater. Our kids usually go all out and dress in some sort of Halloween get-up over their marching band uniforms... it's a great day for them!  

The annual Halloween Parade has not only been a favorite activity of an estimated 80,000 spectators of all ages every year but provides an opportunity for the Lion’s Club to collect donations along the parade route for eye research.  Featuring nearly 30 bands and marching units, more than 100 floats and with over 5,000 participants in the parade, it is a great take on a Sunday afternoon.

Come out and cheer them along! Don't forget your costume!!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Weezie, it's the big one! BHS Red Devils vs. Reading Rockets

And we mean "BIG ONE."

Come join the Burlington fans as we travel to Reading to watch the BHS Red Devils vs. the Reading Rockets. The opposing team is fierce, but so are we! The opposing marching band is phenomenal but can they really touch the BHS Marching Band?

You can only judge if you are there so


The BHS vs. RHS game begins at 7:00 pm tomorrow at Reading High School, 62 Oakland Street, Reading.

Be there to watch it all happen!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The New England Tenors: A Bit of Heaven on Earth

 Music is God's gift to man, the only art of Heaven given to earth, the only art of earth we take to Heaven.
 Walter Savage Landor

The Burlington High School Music Boosters' Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction is just over a week away. Our guest performers this year are The New England Tenors who are fresh off their triumphant sold-out premiere performance at the Ashworth By The Sea in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. This will be an evening of perfection, a little bit of heaven on earth!
The evening's program will not only feature The New England Tenors with John Middleton-Cox, Ray Bauwens and Damien Corcoran, accompanied by Alan Freedman, but will also showcase our own Burlington High School Chorus and Select Singers. Selections for the benefit will include songs from West Side Story and The Secret Garden and some old favorites that will become new again,  including You Raise Me Up, O Danny Boy, Time To Say Goodbye and Amazing Grace.

Intermission will feature our Silent Auction during which a festive pastry buffet will be served, genorously donated by Delicious Desserts, The Hilton Garden Inn, La Cascia's, Roche Brothers, Shaws, Stop N Shop Lexington, Stop N Shop Bedford, and True North. (A complete list of silent auction items will appear here next week.)

Join us on Saturday, November 6, 2010, for a magical evening that you will never forget. Tickets are available now at For more information, call 781-A-FUN-TIC.
See you  in the clouds!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Jump On It: BHS Marching Red Devils Celebrate Another Football Win in Style!

As each week passes and the wins keep coming for the Burlington Red Devils, the BHS Marching Band and its groupies seem to get, shall we say, zanier!!!

Although the temperatures last night were probably somewhere around 38 degrees, it didn't stop a group of VERY ENTHUSIASTIC moms, dance squad members and even percussionist (yes, they do have rhythm!) from celebrating with what is now known as "The Mommy Dance," aka, "Jump On It" by the Sugar Hill Gang!

Take a look and enjoy! Next week maybe YOU can join in!

Now, tell us. How can you not come to the game in Reading this Friday night at 7 pm and join in on the fun?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

BHS Takes Field Again! Burlington vs Watertown This Friday, 7:00 pm

It's almost game day!

This week's Burlington Red Devil's Football Game is a home game will take place on Friday, October 22, against the Watertown Raiders.

Word has it that another piece is being learned by the BHS Marching Band...could it premiere this week?

See you on Friday...7:00 pm...Woburn High School, 88 Montvale Ave., Woburn.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Eyes With Pride: Guest Post Praises BHS Marching Band

We're really not bragging...we just wanted to share a "Letter to the Editor" that recently appeared in the newspaper regarding the professionalism and respect our Marching Band students have when faced with students from other schools (both the good and not so good schools).

Dear Editor:

I attended the Burlington High School football game recently when we played against Woburn. I’m a proud marching band parent of a sophomore and two freshmen. Many years ago I was in the marching band so I do remember the intense moments when one town played against a “border” town. Did I mention INTENSE?

Well, some things never change …As our band started marching into the stands, the fans from the opposing team started dropping “f” bombs and “flipping the bird” at our band…. I have NEVER seen anything that DISRESPECTFUL in my life!

Our Burlington High School Marching band showed so much CLASS during this episode, I can’t even begin to tell you. They ignored the swearing, the hand gestures and everything else these “children” endured on them! I can’t think of a prouder moment for me as a parent to see our entire BHS Marching band stand tall, heads held high and not flinch through it all.

It’s amazing to me how a week prior to this game , we played against Belmont and how respectful both the Belmont fans were to us and our Marching band. “You’re band is fabulous, you’re band is awesome” were just a few comments made to me as I sat among these people in the stands. What a difference a week makes!

The level of maturity this band exhibits is done by great parenting on all our parts, but some credit has to go to our wonderful Band Director, Mr. Matt Lovell. He has molded this band, color guard and dance squad to be absolutely fabulous both on the field and in the stands.

They are all awesome young adults and we, as a town, should be proud of them all. If you have never seen them perform, you should attend one of these football games. When the band was in Florida this past April, marching down Main St. at Disney World, a Disney Park Usher told a BHS band parent, “I have worked a long time at this park and seen a lot of bands….This Burlington High School Marching band is the BEST band I have seen thus far!” Now combine that with our GREAT Football team this year, and you can’t go wrong for a great night out! Enough said!

So my “Shout” in this letter goes out to you, BHS marching band, the color guard, and the dance squad… Those TWO weeks of Band camp, EVERY DAY, for 6 HOURS a day, in the hottest summer month of August…the band class you take every day during school as part of your class schedule… the after school practices you attend for 1-2 hours, does not go unnoticed in my eyes or in the eyes of all your parents.

You all have worked so hard and it shows through and through. It’s just too bad that when you are the “away” team, you are sometimes subjected to what you saw and heard that Friday night….and I for one am sorry you had to deal with that and unfortunately, as you all know, will probably deal with again!

You always show Class, Dignity & Respect. We are proud at how you conducted yourself at that game and will continue to be proud of you. Never fall to another town’s level…Hold your head up high like you always do!

“Eyes with Pride” is the band’s motto and you can see that in every band member’s eyes. You can also see it in my eyes when I look at every member of this GREAT group of kids.

Nice job guys….You make the town of Burlington PROUD!!! Continue to do so!

Brenda Cahoon

Thursday, October 14, 2010

THE NEW ENGLAND TENORS to perform at Gala Benefit Concert & Silent Auction

     The Burlington High School Music Boosters Association is thrilled to present its third annual Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction on Saturday, November 6 at 7:30 pm in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center.
     This year’s event will feature The New England Tenors, a trio of professional musicians who bring years of performing a broad variety of musical genres to the stage like no other tenor group.
     Enjoy the brilliant sounds of Damien Corcoran, John Middleton-Cox and Ray Bauwens as they present classic songs made famous by The Three Tenors and The Irish Tenors, inspirational selections including “You Raise Me Up,” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” as well as solos and duets from Broadway’s best-loved musicals. Visit their website to hear audio clips at
     Joining The New England Tenors on stage will be the Burlington High School Chorus and Select Singers. The singers, led by director John Middleton-Cox, will be showcased independently and will also blend their voices with the trio, treating the audience to familiar favorites including “Amazing Grace.”
The New England Tenors
      Admission to the Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction is $15 adults, $10 senior citizens and students. Ticket prices include reserved seats, a festive dessert buffet served during intermission, and the silent auction with a bounty of fabulous items and baskets, all graciously donated by members of the BHS Music Boosters and local area business. Tickets can be purchased online at For more information please phone 781-A-FUN-TIC.
     The Fogelberg Performing Arts Center, located at 123 Cambridge Street, Burlington, is handicapped accessible (for special assistance, please phone 781-270-1860).

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Facebook has a new superfan page!

The BHS Performing Arts Superfan page has been added to keep everyone up-to-date on the performances that will take place in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center!

The first performance announced is the Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction featuring The New England Tenors and showcasing the BHS Chorus and Select Singers, followed by "It's a Wonderful Life," the BHS Holiday Concert, the BHS Ides of March Concert, "Beauty and the Beast," the BHS Spring Concert, and Spring Sing.

"Like" the BHS Performing Arts Superfan page when you see it on Facebook and you will be notified of all events and messages pertaining to performances!

Sunday, October 10, 2010


Many thanks to Ron Conti for these photos from Burlington High School Marching Band's performance at the Salem Invitational held on October 9 in Salem, NH.

To view all the pictures, go to the 2010-2011 BHS Marching Band Fan page on Facebook. Tons of video there, too!.

The wheels on the bus go round and round as the BHS Marching Band arrives at destination Salem. Three buses carried the band to the event, with snacks for the students provided by Hospitality Chair Shirley Fong.

There is no way to adequately describe the masses of marching band musicians at the Salem Invitational, but the following pictures are an attempt. That's Burlington in the front, seated on bleachers on the field. In order to provide enough seating for spectators, the bands were placed on the field, as in our case, and on the visitors side.

The parent volunteers from the BHS Music Boosters Association have been a tremendous help in moving our equipment on and off the field. Joining them for this year's Salem Invitation are alumni Eric Leva, Carolyn Kelly, Kevin Parker, Erica Dooley (Asst. Dance Coach), Alex Meier and Marissa diGregorio and Chelsea Rose.

Now that's some brass!

How about these pictures? You can almost hear the notes and rhythms they were playing when these pictures were shot!

BHS Drum Line on approach for their solos

Flags were perfection!

The Dance Squad was one solid unit!

The Burlington High School Marching Band exudes class as they make their approach to the field and as they depart. They are trained to respect the genre and the discipline that it takes. The following pictures are a perfect example of this...check out how they are marching in step, no missteps here! A special note: as each band left the field and passed the BHS band, our drum majors were in full salute, honoring their fellow musicians. Another proud moment for the families in the stands.

Congratulations to the members of the Burlington High School Marching Band. The hours and hours of rehearsal, on and off the field, paid off.

Friday, October 8, 2010


The Burlington High School Marching Band will take the field tomorrow at the Salem (NH) Marching Band Invitational in a performance that promises to knock em dead!

The Salem Invitational has been a favorite for years. For our student musicians it gives them the opportunity to see what and how other marching bands are performing. As Matt Lovell has stated on numerous occasions, it nurtures the creativity of everyone! From the smallest groups of perhaps 30 members to the largest of over 300, it is a lovefest of musicians and appreciation for the genre.

The Salem Invitational begins at 6:30 pm and will take place at Salem High School, Salem, NH (directions are posted ont he right sidebar). This year the BHS Marching Band will perform following intermission (rumor is it that we're #10 on the roster).

WORD OF WARNING: Dress warmly. Hats, gloves, blankets, bench warmers, hand and foot warmers, you know the drill! The cold settles in pretty quickly! Also, food concessions are available and in past years souvenirs (t-shirts, etc) have also been available for purchase.

PS: This event is hosted by the music boosters club of Salem High School. The coordination for this event is absolutely mind-boggling!

Photos by Ron Conti.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Burlington faces Woburn in age-old rivalry!

The Burlington High School Red Devils face off against the Woburn Tanners this Friday evening at 7:00 pm, Woburn High School, 88 Montvale Ave.

This will be the last half-time show for the BHS Marching Band just prior to its much-anticipated performance at the Salem (NH) Marching Band Invitational on Saturday evening. Despite the inclement weather during the first half of the week, the sections have been furiously preparing for the events, and the level of perfection they have reached will BLOW YOU AWAY!!! As a long-term DisneyWorld employee stated during last year's performance in the Magic Kingdom, this is the best band you'll ever see!

There has been a lot of chatter on Facebook events pages about the Burlington-Woburn rivalry that has the Music Boosters hoping parents will all come out and support our school and our kids! By the way, this is a home game for Woburn so the band will be sitting towards the end of the stands.

Come on out this week for Friday Night Lights! And arrive early...according to the Facebook page there are well over 500 kids who plan to be in attendance...parking spaces will be at a premium!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

DON'T TEXT AND DRIVE: A reminder to our music students and parents

Dear BHS musicians, families and friends:

The BHS Music Boosters Association would like to remind all of our student musicians to be safe when they drive.

Many of you drive to and from school during football season, rehearsals for various performances and other activities.

Please remember to put the phones away while driving. Use your electronic devices safely and work out a plan to let your parents and others know where you are and when you will be leaving so you are not tempted to pick up your phone or device while driving. And insist that your friends do the same.

The Safe Driving Act states "No person under 18 years of age shall use a mobile telephone, hands-free mobile telephone or mobile electronic device while operating a motor vehicle on any public way. For the purposes of this section, a junior operator shall not be considered to be operating a motor vehicle if the vehicle is stationary and not located in a part of the public way intended for travel." (

We are proud of all of you and your accomplishments. Enjoy your high school years. But always remember to be safe, young musicians.


Friday, October 1, 2010


Burlington High School Website

The BHS Music Boosters would like to welcome the BHS Parent Teacher Student Organization to the family of BHS blogs. Going live this, we anticipate they will have important information about the BHS community so please make sure you visit them regularly!

Scroll down and click on their link in the right column.

IT'S FOOTBALL SATURDAY: BHS Red Devils vs. Belmont Mauraders, 6 PM, Woburn

The Burlington Red Devils will host the Belmont Mauraders this Saturday, October 2 at Woburn High School, 88 Montvale Ave, Woburn. Game time is 6:00 pm.

The season is exciting and after last week's blow-out over Stoneham we expect to see tons of fans in the stands! That means you!!!

Witness the greatness of the Red Devils Marching Band as they prepare for next week's trip to the Salem Marching Band Invitational.

Plenty of merchandise to be sold...and bring a few extra $$$ for the Burlington promises to be a chilly night!

See you at the game...GO RED DEVILS!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

THE NEW ENGLAND TENORS To Rock Town Meeting This Monday

As many of you already may have heard, The New England Tenors will be the featured performers along with the BHS Chorus and Select Singers at this year's BHS Music Boosters Association Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction on November 6 in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center (check out the poster on the sidebar of the blog).

 The New England Tenors are a trio of professional musicians who bring years of performing a broad variety of musical genres to the stage like no other tenor group. One third of this trio comes from BHS in the voice of John Middleton-Cox!

 As a teaser and prelude to the brilliant sounds that the Gala Benefit Concert will bring to the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center, The New England Tenors and the BHS Chorus and Select Singers will perform at the opening of Town Meeting on Monday, September 27. The meeting begins at 7:30 pm and will be shown live on BCAT.

 Don't forget to tune in on Monday so you can hear how fantastic our gala concert will be with guest artists The New England Tenors and the BHS Chorus and Select Singers!

Friday, September 24, 2010

BHS MUSIC BOOSTERS SHOP: Now Open For Business!!!

Celebrate Burlington with a spirit scarf!

The BHS Music Boosters Association has been given the OK to sell merchandise at all home games in Woburn. This is great news for a great organization!

Starting tomorrow (Saturday, September 25) let's show our true colors with merchandise from the BHS Music Boosters Shop  Purchase Burlington scarves, cushions, cheer sticks and sweatshirts at prices you simply can't believe!

Can't attend the game? Contact Vicki Kikuchi to purchase these items at Great gifts for the holidays!


BURLINGTON RED DEVILS vs. STONEHAM SPARTANS: Let's raise the instruments for more touchdown celebrations!

Remember last week's exciting fourth quarter? We lost track of how many times the instruments were raised by the band to celebrate another touchdown!!!

Well, it's time for another game! Let's raise those instruments high once again!

This week the Burlington High School Red Devils play the Stoneham Spartans. It's a home game, but don't forget that all home games are at Woburn High School. Game time is 6:00 pm.

The BHS Red Devils Marching Band is looking spectacular and sounding even better! Come out and show your spirit on Saturday, September 25 at 6:00 pm.


Monday, September 20, 2010

TASTE OF BURLINGTON features BHS Select Singers in Special Appearance

If you are attending tonight's Taste of Burlington, make sure to look for the BHS Select Singers and their director John Middleton-Cox who will be performing during the event.

Hosted by the Burlington Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Reimer and Braunstein, the annual fundraising event will take place between 5:30 and 7:30 pm. For tickets or more information, contact the Burlington Chamber of Commerce at 781-273-2523.

Good luck to our Select Singers. We know you will be a hit!

Friday, September 17, 2010


The Burlington High School Red Devils football team and marching band will be on the road this weekend as they come up against the Arlington High School Spy Ponders. The game will be played on Saturday evening at Pierce Field, 869 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington MA.

For directions to the field, please refer to the sidebar.

Come and enjoy the BHS Marching Red Devils as they perform "Boogie Down" and the debut of their newest song, "Sweet Georgia Brown."

Game time is 7:00 pm.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

RAYBURN MUSIC provides first fundraising opportunity of year

The Burlington High School Music Boosters Association will hold its first fundraiser this evening. Members will assist Rayburn Music, the retailer/rental agent of musical instruments for the school system music program, at the high school during Rayburn musical instrument night.

Parents and their students in the fourth and fifth grades who are interested in learning an instrument may rent or rent-to-own by attending this event. Boosters members will assist in the rentals by directing traffic, collecting forms and handing out instruments.

The Rayburn Music Instrument Night is a win-win: Rayburn's customers are thrilled that they don't have long lines in which to wait and the Boosters receive a stipend for each member that helps!

Boosters members who are interested in helping are requested to go to the cafeteria at 5:30 pm tonight...the Rayburn Musical Instrument night begins at 6:00 pm.

NOTE: The BHS Music Boosters Association will hold its first meeting of the school year tonight at 7:30 in the band room. We encourage all those present at the Rayburn fundraiser to walk down to the meeting following the event.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Remembering September 11th At BHS

This past Friday was September 11. The Burlington High School Select Singers have traditionally sung the National Anthem and another selection during morning announcements. Commemorating the 9th anniversary, this year was no different.

We would like to reprint the blog entry from the Principal's Blog of September 11, 2010.

Remembering September 11th At BHS

BHS Music Boosters General Membership Meetings to Begin This Tuesday

The BHS Music Boosters Association will hold the first general membership meeting of the 2010/2011 year on Tuesday night, September 14th, at 7:30 in the BHS Band Room.

Come hear about plans for our big fund raiser of the year, the November 6th Gala Benefit Concert featuring "The New England Tenors" and the BHS Chorus and Select Singers. Other plans for the year to be discussed include a new music scholarship and we hope you will take part in helping to institute it!

We are also looking for volunteers to bring snacks to the football games and will have sign up sheets at the meeting. If you have a conflict that evening, please contact Shirley Fong to volunteer at

The Music Boosters Association encourages the participation of parents and guardians of both band and chorus students! Come and see what we are all about!

Friday, September 10, 2010

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? BHS Home Opener Against Billerica in Woburn This Saturday, 9/11

The 2009-2010 BHS Red Devils Marching Band

Burlington High School Red Devils football season begins tomorrow night with the traditional opening game rivalry against Billerica. Although it is a home game, home turf will be at Woburn High School due to construction on Varsity Field. Kickoff is 6:00 pm. See the sidebar for directions.

The Burlington High School Marching Band will be featured during the half-time show with its newest members, the class of 2014!

Band members will be treated during intermission to snacks and drinks provided by the Music Boosters.

The Music Boosters encourage everyone to come out, make some noise and cheer the team and Marching Band on at this exciting season opener!

Thursday, September 9, 2010


Great news, Music Boosters friends!

The School Committee members have unanimously voted to change the name of Fogelberg Auditorium to Fogelberg Performing Arts Center!

The decision was made based on an appeal in the middle of June to Dr. Conti by one of our own Music Boosters members . 

The following is the text of an article that appeared in the Wednesday, September 8 edition of the Burlington Daily Times Chronicle as reported by Mark Biagiotti.

BURLINGTON - During its recent meeting, the School Committee voted unanimously in favor of renaming Fogelberg Auditorium at Burlington High School to the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center.

School Supt. Dr. Eric Conti stated the new name would reflect the change from an auditorium to a professional performance venue that hosts plays, recitals, and concerts.

“Renaming the auditorium to the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center will help improve the marketing aspect of the facility,” said Conti, as he noted some of the improvements and upgrades that have been implemented to the auditorium over the years which include new seating, new lighting, and a new sound system.

It was noted that the facility has dressing rooms, fly space, and an orchestra pit.

The School Committee, as a whole, felt the name change is a great idea and all the members fully supported it.

Chairman Christine Monaco offered a gesture of humor when she congratulated the late Ed Fogelberg on the “upgraded” name change of his auditorium.

“If you are watching this Ed, [Fogelberg], congratulations because you just got upgraded,” said Monaco.
On with the performances!!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


The Burlington High School Drama Club will hold auditions for It's a Wonderful Life on September 14 from 6:30-9:00 pm and September 15 from 2:45-5:00 pm in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center. Performance dates are December 4 at 7:30 pm and December 5 at 2:00 pm.

Directed by Jennifer Lavin Howard of the Burlington Players, It's a Wonderful Life has been adapted from the film by Frank Capra and features 20 roles plus an ensemble playing multiple characters.

Character descriptions and a complete synopsis are available on Facebook at "BHS Drama Club IT"S A WONDERFUL LIFE Auditions". For more information, students can contact Mr. Middleton in the Music Department.