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Gary Bernice is the director of Springfield’s High School of Science and Technology Concert Band, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Stomp Percussion Ensemble. As co-founder and co-director of Springfield’s Mentoring Through Music Program (MTM) and IGNITE Mentoring Program, he also coaches chamber ensembles (small music ensembles) and teaches group and individual music lessons after school.
Mr. Bernice graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and holds a Master of Music degree in Music Education, also from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 2006, Mr. Bernice completed an honors thesis through the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts titled Students’ Beliefs About Relevant Curriculum in the Secondary Urban Music Classroom.
In 2008, Mr. Bernice received the Pioneer Valley Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2011, he was selected to receive the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award and in 2012 he was the recipient of the New England Public Radio Arts and Humanities Award. In 2013, he was the subject of a University of Massachusetts research study on transformative teaching. He was also chosen as a quarterfinalist for the first annual Grammy Music Educator Award in 2013 and again in 2019, 2020, and 2021. In 2015, he was honored with the University of Massachusetts Distinguished Young Alumni Award and the William Pynchon Award for distinguished service to the Springfield community. In 2018, Mr. Bernice was honored with a distinguished membership to the Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity as a "Friend of the Arts." In 2019, he was honored with the Business West Award for Civic Leadership in Western Massachusetts. In 2022, Mr. Bernice was inducted as an Honorary Member of the of the Epsilon Nu Chapter of the Kappa Kappa Psi National Band Fraternity at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 2023, Mr. Bernice was nominated for National Life Group's Life Changer of the Year Award.
He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Massachusetts Music Educators Association, the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association, and served on the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Arts Education Advisory Council. He resides in Springfield with his wife Elise and their three children—Lily, Hannah, and Isaac. He remains an active musician and an active advocate for the Springfield community.
Ms. Lueth graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she performed in multiple ensembles on a variety of instruments, and served as tuba field staff and tuba section leader of the Minuteman Marching Band. She takes pride in her well-rounded playing, performing on euphonium, trombone, tuba, clarinet, saxophone, voice, and percussion.
Ms. Lueth enjoys traveling with her music students in mind! In 2018, she traveled to Scotland, England, Montreal where she saw and met South American jazz vocalist Lorraine Klaasen, and Ireland where she received Irish traditional tin whistle lessons. In 2017, she toured Ireland with the UMass Wind Ensemble and performed alongside a local secondary school and in Christ Church Cathedral. After the tour, she visited Belgium to tour the International Musical Instrument Museum and then traveled to Denmark, Scotland, and England.
Ms. Lueth loves reaching out to her community through music. She has coordinated instrument show and tell events for elementary students, hosted food and clothing drives to serve underprivileged members of the community, and currently performs in community bands in western Massachusetts.
Mrs. Walsh – formerly Ms. Ouellette – joined the SciTech Band Family after graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Clarinet Performance. At the Springfield High School of Science and Technology, Mrs. Walsh co-directs the Concert Band, the Jazz Band, the Wind Ensemble, the Symphonic Band, and the Mentoring Through Music Program (MTM).
Mrs. Walsh’s musical life is one of diverse interests, styles, and instrumental pursuits. As a clarinet student at UMass Amherst, Mrs. Walsh played with the UMass Wind Ensemble, the UMass Symphony Band, the UMass Symphony Orchestra, as well as the UMass Marching Band and local musical organizations such as the Windham Chamber Orchestra and the western MA ensemble the Valley Winds. Mrs. Walsh completed her senior thesis through the UMass Commonwealth Honors College titled “The Role of Classical Music in the Face of Social and Political Injustice,” a research project inspired by her experience serving with a humanitarian-aid organization in Southeast Asia that fights human-trafficking and child prostitution. The culminating event of her project was her senior clarinet recital which included a program of musical works relating to issues of social justice as well as a fundraiser for the anti-human-trafficking organization in S.E. Asia.
Mrs. Walsh’s work in clarinet performance played a key role in her professional training and career trajectory, but she attributes the redemption of her own musical passion to the inspiring joy and commitment displayed by members of the SciTech Band. Witnessing her students’ pure love and motivation for making music, especially throughout and following the COVID-19 pandemic, led Mrs. Walsh to rekindle her passion project of playing guitar, singing, and songwriting. She started writing and performing again at local coffee shops, restaurants, and other public venues and events, and in the spring of 2023 she recorded and released her first solo EP “Can I Have You Back?” on all major streaming platforms. She has since opened for nationally renowned artists the Clements Brothers, Erisy Watt, and Anna Tivel. Mrs. Walsh’s favorite musicians to collaborate with, however, are the SciTech Band students, who play music more devotedly and wholeheartedly than any other people she has met before.
In addition to teaching and performing, Mrs. Walsh is working towards her Master of Arts degree in Music and Music Education through Teachers College, Columbia University. You can often find her making bad (but extremely funny – super funny) jokes while scrambling to give students the best music learning experiences possible.
Born and raised in Springfield, Anthony Diaz graduated from the High School of Science and Technology in 2017. He was a member of the SciTech Band for all four years of his high school career and a member of the SciTech Band Leadership team during his sophomore, junior, and senior years. He held the leadership roles of Percussion Section Leader, the Percussion Section Captain, and the SciTech Band President. Anthony was a two-time recipient of the SciTech Band Outstanding Musicianship Award and was also a recipient of the Outstanding Leadership and the Outstanding Service Awards. He participated in the UMass Honor Band Festival for three years. It was during his time as Band President that the SciTech Band received the Massachusetts Commonwealth Award, the state’s highest honor for achievement in the arts.
After graduating from SciTech, Anthony started volunteering with the band to pass on the legacy of excellence and enthusiasm to the next generation of SciTech Band Leaders. He continued to volunteer and mentor students over Zoom throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and worked closely with the directors to develop an online SciTech Band curriculum with virtual lesson videos and regular check-ins among teachers and students. During this time he also co-founded the IGNITE! Mentoring Thru Music program through which band alumni come back to mentor current SciTech Band students. In 2022, Anthony was offered an official position as the Director of Mentoring for the SciTech Band.
Anthony resides in Springfield with his fiancée Briana and their four cats.
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Anthony Diaz, Director of Mentoring
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