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Gary Bernice

Alumnus Transforms Inner City Music Program

FORTUNATELY FOR the students at the High School of Science and Technology in Springfield, Mass., trumpeter Gary Bernice decided, three quarters of the way to completing his degree in business, that his real calling was to be a band director. He began his career in 2007 at the inner city school where he encountered a […]

The Volunteers - US Army Field Band

UMass Drumline performs ‘Army Strong’

The US Army Field Band’s “Six String Soldiers” (part of The Volunteers rock band) and the students in the UMass Marching Band’s spring marching percussion tech class got together this week for a special performance at the George N. Parks Minuteman Marching Band Building. They’re performing a mashup of “Johnny Comes Marching Home” and the […]


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, […]