Blackstone-Millville Music Association (BMMA) is a parent run
group which supports the award-winning, extra-curricular music program at
Blackstone-Millville Regional High School, including Marching Band and Color
Guard, Winter Percussion, Winter Guard and Jazz Band.
A nonprofit, federal tax exempt organization (#04-2701598), BMMA provides chaperones, crew and volunteers for the music program on a year-round basis, while also providing funds for staff salaries, uniforms, equipment, props and transportation.
Because costs for Marching Band continue to escalate, other local music programs are forced to charge as much as $1000 per student to participate. BMMA raises funds to offset rising operating costs, keeping participation affordable for local families, and offer financial assistance to students in need. BMMA also offers scholarships to enable students to perfect their skills at music camps, as well as to support outgoing seniors with their college educations.
BMMA is a 100% volunteer organization, which provides an average of 40% of the funding for BMR’s competitive music programs. Fundraising and sponsorship are critical elements that enable BMR music programs to thrive.
Key fundraisers include monthly restaurant nights, Home Shows, merchandise sales and the annual Craft Fair, now in its 26th year. In addition, BMMA parent volunteers staff a concession booth at Gillette Stadium, which provides nearly half of the organization’s annual budget. 84% of the funds raised by BMMA directly benefit BMR music programs.
BMMA is also generously supported by area businesses. We are grateful for the support of ours Sponsors, whose support keeps the music alive. 2014-15 Season Sponsors include Tellstone & Son, Inc, Concord Health & Wellness, Hi-Way Transportation, The Tire Doctor, Hamel Tire, LSI industries, LaForest Signs. Learn more about our Sponsors here.
Board of Directors
BMMA is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of seven voting members, including four officers (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer) and three Members at Large. The BMR Music Director participates as a non-voting member of the Board. The 2015-16 Board of Directors includes:
- Wally St.Amant, President
- Kerry Smith, Vice President
- Tim Thibault, Treasurer
- Geraldine Werning, Secretary
- Kate Correia, Member at Large
- Lisa Gervais, Member at Large
- Kelly St Gelais, Member at Large
BMMA leadership includes a number of important committees which oversee specific functions. Current committees and chairpeople include:
- Chaperones- MJ Dawson / Cat Powers
- Communications – Deb Cerundolo
- Craft Fair – TBD
- Fundraising - Dandi Bouvier / Geraldine Werning
- Gillette Coordinator - Kate Correia
- Merchandise – Sue Turcotte
- Pit Crew - Wally St. Amant
- Scholarships - Lisa Gervais
- Uniforms – Cat Powers / Kelly St Gelais
- Home Show - Wayne Arsenault
BMMA meetings are held on the first Monday of every month.
BMMA General Association meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm. Meetings are held at Blackstone Millville Regional High School and all are welcome.