Three members of the Springfield High School of Science and Technology band. From left to right: Jordan Drummer, band president Andre Fraser and brass captain Jerannchris Rivera Heredia. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

“El Sistema” music ed program sets roots with MA high school

Boston’s WBUR radio highlights the “El Sistema” music education program UMass band alumnus Gary Bernice ’07, ’10G employs at Springfield’s SciTech high school. Massachusetts is the first state to provide grant funding to schools where El Sistema is used in music education. Jerannchris Rivera Heredia, who plays trumpet in the SciTech band says of Gary […]


Former drum major to be receive George N. Parks Award

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) announced that Cynthia Napierkowski ’87, Director of Bands at Salem High School in Salem, Massachusetts is the recipient of the 2014 George N. Parks Award for Leadership in Music Education. She will receive the award at the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis on Saturday, November 15, […]