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becky Becky Luce, Director
Upper Valley Community Band

Becky Luce has loved teaching music in the Upper Valley since her student teaching days in early 1976. She graduated from Keene State College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, and earned her Master’s Degree in Music Ed. from Boston University.

Becky’s teaching career has included everything from Preschool music through college, with the bulk of her time spent at the elementary and middle school levels. Additionally, she spent time teaching first grade in Honduras. For the last ten years, she has taught general and vocal music at the Bernice A. Ray School in Hanover where she continually challenges herself to find effective ways to share her love of music with her students.

Becky has spent the last four summers as the director of the Vineyard Haven Town Band, a community group that performs on Martha’s Vineyard. This has been particularly meaningful as she played bassoon and euphonium in that group as a student, and several childhood friends and her brother are still performing members. She also teaches piano to several students throughout the year and delights in their annual recital every June.

Becky is pleased to be leading the Upper Valley Community Band and is thankful to all the individual members who dedicate their time to this group. She sends out a big thank you to Bob Nute, Doug Nelson and Ralph Bowie for their role in shaping her instrumental interests and thirty-five year (and counting) career.


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cindy Cynthia Boehm-Patenaude, Assistant Director
Upper Valley Community Band

Cindy has been a member of the band for over 20 years, and Assistant Director of the UVCB since 1992.

After graduating from Mascoma Valley Regional High School, she received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of New Hampshire. While at UNH, she was a member of the only wind ensemble from the U.S.A. to perform at the First World Conference of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in Skien, Norway. She toured Europe with the UNH Jazz Band in 1984. She has participated 3 times with the Community Band at Sea program, performing with other musicians from across the country while enjoying a week long cruise, twice to the Caribbean and once to Nova Scotia.

Cindy is an Insurance Benefits Authorizations Notifications Specialist at Dartmouth/Hitchcock Medical Center. Cindy is a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church choir. She plays a wooden Db piccolo in the Newmont Military Band and can often be found playing a variety of woodwind instruments with other community bands and in the pit orchestra for NCCT productions. She resides in West Lebanon with her husband Guy and Goel, the youngest of her three sons.

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carole Carole I. Blake, Director Emeritus
Upper Valley Community Band

After a 30-year stint with the UVCB Carole retired and graduated to the post of “Director Emeritus” in January 2014. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music (B.Mus.) and Boston State College (M.Ed.), she spent her teaching career in Medway, MA, Woonsocket, RI, Malden, MA and in 1988 returned "home" (to the Upper Valley) where she taught in the Mascoma Valley School District until her retirement in June of 2000.

Carole is a member of the Music Educators National Conference and the N.H. Music Educators Association and has appeared in Who's Who Among America's Teachers. In the spring of 2002 she was named as New Hampshire's "Distinguished Music Educator of the Year," and was also presented with a "New Hampshire Excellence in Education Award."

Under Carole’s leadership the band has performed at the National Convention of the Association of Concert Bands, in Boston for numerous performances at Fanueil Hall, and on a concert tour of Austria and Germany. The band has also participated at the "National Festival of the States" in Washington, D.C. and in a music festival of "sister cities" in Joigny, France.

Although Carole has retired as Director of the band, she will still be active with the ensemble as Business Manager, Librarian and perhaps even a member of the trumpet or French horn section.

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