Mark Nelson

Current UVCB Director

After teaching music for decades at colleges and secondary schools, Mark moved to the Upper Valley in the summer of 2014. He has immersed himself in the region’s musical life, taking on the roles of conductor, teacher, composer, and singer. In addition to leading the Upper Valley Community Band, he directs the Lyme Town Band, the Upper Valley Chamber Orchestra, and an a cappella group, Harmony Night.  He also coaches youth ensembles, and teaches music-appreciation seminars, at the Upper Valley Music Center.  A published musicologist and theorist, he has a particular interest in 20th-century American music.  He is deeply committed to promoting among ensemble members, audiences, and students the joys of musical discovery.

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Cynthia Boehm-Patenaude

Cindy has been a member of the band for over 25 years, and acted as Associate Director of the UVCB from 1992 until she resigned from the position in 2018. Cindy remains a vital member of the band, playing flute, piccolo, and a variety of other woodwind instruments. She resides in West Lebanon with her husband Guy and Goel, the youngest of her three sons.

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Carole I. Blake

Although no longer with us, Carole Blake was closely connected to the Upper Valley Community Band for many years. She spent 30 years as Director of UVCB until January 2014, when she retired and graduated to the post of “Director Emeritus”. In March of 2016, Carole passed away at the age of 73.

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