Bellingham High School Music Staff:
Marie Forte, Band and Chorus Director, BHS Fine Arts Department Head firstname.lastname@example.org
Bonnie Harper, BHS Music Teacher, email@example.com
Bellingham Memorial School Music Staff:
Bellingham Elementary Music Staff:
Kaitlyn Braman, Stall Brook ElementarySchool, firstname.lastname@example.org
Heather Deary, South Elementary School, email@example.com
Adjunct Music Staff:
Beverly Bajgot, Color Guard Coach, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cindy Maxfield, Color Guard Coach
Debra Hadges, Piano Accompanist
Harry Schreffler, Band-Aid
Mrs. Forte is currently the Band and Chorus Director and Fine Arts Department Head at Bellingham High School where she has taught since 2003. She conducts the BHS Concert, Marching and Jazz Bands, BHS Chorus, as well as teaches the following courses: Advanced Placement Music Theory, Music Technology and Theory, Jazz Studies and American Popular Music. Mrs. Forte completed her Master of Music Degree in Music Education with a concentration in wind conducting from Rhode Island College and completed her Bachelor of Music Education at the University of New Hampshire. She has studied conducting with Andrew Boysen, Jr. and Robert Franzblau and flute with Peggy Vagts, Faith Williard, and MaryEllen Guzzio. She is a conductor and staff member with American Music Abroad, and recently completed a three week performance tour to five countries in Europe with a high school honors band, orchestra and choir. She is a recipient of the Blackstone Valley Superintendents’ Collaborative Promising Practices Award, the Bridgewater State University Innovative Curriculum Grant, and several grants from the Bellingham Cultural Council. In 2012, the BHS Concert Band was invited to participate in the University of New Hampshire Wind Band Invitational Festival with composers Andrew Boysen, Jr. and Mark Camphouse. She serves on the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association as Central District Representative and Host for the Band & Orchestra Festival. She is a member of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference and the National Band Association.
Bonnie Harper, BHS
Bonnie Harper, originally from Eagle, Idaho, is currently the 8th Grade Band Director at Bellingham High School, Bellingham, Massachusetts. She also teaches 8th grade general music classes and high school music electives including music technology, world drumming and beginning guitar. Previously, Ms. Harper spent three years at Stall Brook and Clara Macy elementary schools in Bellingham, teaching general music grades K-4 and 4th Grade chorus. In 2014, Ms. Harper became the Pep Band Director for Bryant University, Smithfield, Rhode Island. She received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Flute Performance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, studying with flutist Chris Krueger. During her last two years at UMass, Ms. Harper was a drum major for the UMass Minuteman Marching Band and worked closely with George N. Parks and Thom Hannum. She completed her instrumental student teaching at Bellingham High School and her elementary student teaching in the Northampton Public Schools. In 2013, Ms. Harper was the drum major for the Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps, Princeton, New Jersey. She is also a staff member for the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy. In addition to her musical career and activities, Ms. Harper serves as a state public affairs officer in the Massachusetts Air National Guard.
Julie Signa, BMS Chorus & Music Teacher
Miss Signa is the general music teacher and chorus conductor for grades 4 through 7 at Bellingham Memorial School. She graduated from Rhode Island College with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. She studied trumpet with Joe Foley and voice with Susan Rodgers. She was a member of the Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Trumpet Ensemble, and Rhode Island College Chorus. As a member of the Rhode Island College Chorus, Miss Signa toured Germany and Prague under the direction of Dr. Teresa Coffman. Miss Signa plays with the American Band as a member of the trumpet section. She is a member of the National Association for Music Education.
Timothy MacDonald, BMS Band & Music Teacher
Mr. MacDonald is the middle school band director at Bellingham Memorial School. Prior to working in Bellingham, Mr. MacDonald held middle school band director positions in both Marlborough and Norwood, MA. Mr. MacDonald grew up in Norwood and began playing the trumpet when he was 9 years old. He played all the way through high school, and participated in ensembles at the district and all state levels. After high school, he went to the University of New Hampshire to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, which he completed in 2013. During his summers, he is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Conducting at the American Band College in Ashland, OR. Mr. MacDonald is also a freelance trumpet player in Massachusetts and Rhode Island year-round.