Carole I. Blake, Director
Upper Valley Community Band
Carole graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music (B.Mus.) and Boston State College (M.Ed.). She spent the first part of her teaching career in Medway, Mass. and Woonsocket, R.I. In 1988, after 19 years in Malden, Mass., she returned "home" (to the Upper Valley) where she taught in the Mascoma Valley School District until her retirement in June of 2000. She is a member of the Music Educators National Conference and the N.H. Music Educators Association and has served on the NHMEA Board as a Director and Membership Chair. In 1996, 1998, 2000, and 2004 she appeared in Who's Who Among America's Teachers, the best teachers in America as selected by the best students. In the spring of 2002 Carole was named as New Hampshire's "Distinguished Music Educator of the Year," and was also presented with a "New Hampshire Excellence in Education Award."
This year Carole celebrates her 23rd anniversary as the Director of the Upper Valley Community Band. Under her directorship the band has traveled to Burlington, Vt., to perform at the National Convention of the Association of Concert Bands, to Boston for numerous performances at Fanueil Hall, and to Austria and Germany on a concert tour--where she was "knighted" by the people of Heimsheim. In the fall of 2002, the band performed in Washington, D.C., representing the Upper Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont, at the 'National Festival of the States.' In the fall of 2007, she conducted members of the band at a music festival of "sister cities" in Joigny, France. Prior to her appointment as Director, she held the position of Assistant Director for six years.
In addition to playing the trumpet and french horn, Carole also played an Eb alto over-the-shoulder saxhorn in the Yankee Brass Band. The musicians in this band come to New England from all over the country to play antique instruments of Civil War vintage. Additionally, she is a charter member and past President of the Friends of the Yankee Brass, Inc. She also conducted the Newmont Military Band, a wind ensemble that performs music of the late 18th century on instruments of that era.
In her "spare time," Carole enjoys skiing, sailing, golfing, and arranging music. As a limousine driver, she chauffeured celebrities such as John Denver, Bob Hope, Glenn Campbell, the Kingston Trio, Franki Vallee, and Ben Stein.
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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