North Shore High School Band Reunion

 June 13-15, 2008     CANCELLED

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Attention all North Shore Schools Band Alumni (1960-1977):

The third reunion of the North Shore High School Band will take place on the weekend of June 13-15, 2008, culminating in a gala concert on Sunday. The band once again will be under the direction of Dr. Bennett Lentczner. Please read his Invitational Letter

If you are interested in participating or would like to help organize the event, please fill out the Questionnaire or contact Jeff Byrne via email:

      jbyrne53 {at}  

Check our lists of Expected Participants and Missing Alumni below, and help us update these if you know the whereabouts of other band alumni.

Rehearsals will be held on Friday evening and Saturday morning and afternoon, and a dinner reception will be held on Saturday night at the old American Legion Hall/Community Center in Glen Head. The concert will be held at the North Shore HS Auditorium on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 pm.

The dinner reception includes hot and cold-buffet dinner and open bar. An inclusive fee has been set at $75.00 per performing alumni and will cover the cost of usage fees for the high school, printing of the concert programs, calling of the alumni, newspaper advertisements, photography, photocopying and mailing of music that will be sent in advance to all participants, a CD of the concert and the dinner reception.

Your family is welcome to attend the dinner, and spouses are invited to play with us if so inclined (but not children at this time). The cost for the dinner reception for non-performing alumni, spouses (performing or not) and other family members above the age of 21 years is $35.00. The cost for children 21 years and younger is $20.00, and those under the age of six are free. If you have a full gamut of children, let us know and we can work out a special rate.

Please make checks payable to “The North Shore High School Band Reunion” and mail to:

Jeff Byrne
79 Essex Court
Port Washington, NY 11050

Please mail all checks and questionnaires by April 7, 2008, so that we can place orders for the dinner reception.

We are certainly hoping that you will be able to attend the North Shore High School Band Reunion. We are looking forward to an exciting weekend and having the opportunity to reunite with our friends. See you in June, 2008!

Sincerely yours,

The 2008 Reunion Committee

Jeffrey Byrne '71
Jeffrey Clymer '74
Peter Trinche '73
Bennett Lentczner '60-'72 (advisor) 

Thanks to David Soto, current band director at North Shore, for his help in organizing this event.


Friday, June 13.
5:00-9:00 pm. Alumni Band Rehearsal at NSHS Band Room. The rehearsal will start promptly at 6:00 pm. The band room will be open at 5:00 pm, so please come early enough to meet and greet your old friends, and handle any instrumental preparations.

Saturday, June 14.
10:00 am -12:00 pm. Alumni Band Rehearsal at NSHS Auditorium
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm. Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm. Alumni Band Rehearsal at NSHS Auditorium
7:00 pm -12:00 am. Dinner Reception at the old American Legion Hall/Community Center. Dress for the dinner is casual.

Sunday, June 15.
10:00 am. Breakfast for anyone interested at Brookville Family Diner (on your own)
1:00 pm. Call for Concert
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Concert at North Shore High School Auditorium. Concert dress is semi-formal; jacket and tie for men, and a nice ensemble for women, any colors OK (the auditorium is air-conditioned).

Expected Participants

  • Director: Dr. Bennett Lentczner
  • Flute: Ellen Hansen-Ellis '75, Tommy Kay '67, Jenna Kern, Wendy Kolmar '68, Pamela Maclean Chan '76, Holly Schuessler '71, Laurie Rudolph Owen '73, Donna Slanina-Ruiz '71, Geraldine Walters
  • Clarinet: Richard Clark '69, Sue Clark Ketcham '74, Gail Randolph Hoefener, Fred Krainin '74, Cindy LaBarca, Barbara Levitan '67, Paul Nicholson '74, Kirk (Corky) Schuessler '71, Chris Terajewicz '71, Christine Waltz Nathan '75
  • Oboe: Marey Bailey '68, Nancy Kern '76, Beverly Wilderoter '75
  • Bassoon: Kathy Rogin Melvin '71, Stefanie Przybylska '75
  • Saxophone: Lisa Deuel Lachot '78, John Lombard, Steve Smith, Geoff Wheeler '73
  • Trumpet: Jeff Byrne '71, Lauren Draper '68, John Greenbaum '76, Felicia Halpert '76, Sandy Maclean '74, Mark Morganelli '73, Bill Morace '71, Geoff Rochat '73, Tucker Tongue, Pete Trinche '73, Chris Weber '72
  • French Horn: Bill Herbert '70
  • Trombone: Jeff Clymer '74, Joe LaBarca '72, Jean Marien '76, Richard Sporn '71, Roger Marien '69
  • Euphonium: Tony Grover, Bob LaBarca '74, Susan Obes '76
  • Tuba: David Braynard '70, Glenn Galbraith '77
  • String Bass: John Bjorkman '72
  • Percussion: Noelle Braynard '72, Julie Hoffman Byrne '70, James DiFede '77, Bob Grayson '74, Bernard Kenny '74, John Moccio '71
  • Others attending: Jonathan Clymer '67, Cindy Dahl '71, Nancy Lockwood, Kathy Nau '74, Betsy Mulligan Terry '74, Chris Pappas '74, Dane Wesley '74

Missing Alumni to date

Marie Albrecht 74, R. Aldred 66, Kathy Bell 70, Charlie Chubb 69, David Dvorak 73, Fran Fairchild 72, Tony Fulgieri 70, Bill Gillespie 72, Bob George, Josh Greene 77, Mary Jane Jones 75, Rick Kern 71, Cathy Krinke 76, Stacy Lonstein 77, Tom Mazza 77, Mark Messer 77, Chris Ray, Craig Rice 77, Lynn Kelly Robertson, Gerard Roman, Rick Sager 77, Diane Swander 70, Susan Warrell 77, Janet White 70.

Do you know the phone numbers or email addresses for band alumni (classes of 1960-1977) on the missing alumni list or others not yet on the list? Please email them to Jeff Byrne [jbyrne {at}] or Jeff Clymer.

We want as many alumni to attend as possible. If you are in need of an instrument or financial assistance to attend, please don't hesitate to call Jeff Byrne directly at 516 503-3425.

As an added incentive, Jeff Byrne has had the cassette recording of the 1981 alumni concert transferred to two CD's. The CD's are now available for just $12.00 for both. If you would like a copy, please send a check to Jeff Byrne at the address listed above.


 Helpful suggestions for getting back to playing
your instrument from Professor "Larry" Byrne





  1. The process begins with an instrument working properly. Look over your instrument for any visible needed repairs, such as:
    Woodwinds: missing, dried or cracked key pads, loose set screws and/or bent keys
    Brass: stuck slides or valves, water key corks. Be sure that your mouthpiece and main lead pipe are brushed clean on the inside for easy play 
  2. When in doubt, do not try to repair your instrument by yourself - suggestion, call your local school district and speak to the District Director of Music or HS band director for advice about which music store in town gives the best quality and affordable repair service. 
  3. When you are ready to play, may I suggest the John Kinyon Breeze Easy or Alfred Learn to Play method books. Learn to Play Book 2 would be the next logical progression for all instruments. 
  4. Selecting reeds for the woodwind instruments- begin with easy playing Rico No. 2 strength reeds for the clarinet and sax family - then move to 2.5 or even better 3's- oboe, soft plastic reed followed by wood. 
  5. Brass mouthpieces- 7C for trumpet, 7 for horn, 6.5AL for Trombone and Baritone Horn, Tuba, Bach 24. 
  6. Percussionists- If you have your own drum sticks or mallets, please bring them to the reunion.
  7. Important to remember- The mouthpiece and reed of every instrument produces the sound; the body of the instrument only amplifies that sound. Start by getting a sound from the mouthpiece off the instrument. Make sure that the sound is a "healthy" buzz or "squawking" sound- then place the mouthpiece on the body of your instrument. You are now ready to play. 
  8. Practice time- Initially limit yourself to 15 minutes every other day. Remember, those lip muscles can be strained easily when you have not played for a while which can result in much frustration. When beginning, take your time and practice for shortened periods. Try warming-up with some easy scales. 
  9. May I suggest a few private lessons from a local music teacher who plays your instrument. Your district Director of Music/HS band director may have some teachers for you to choose from. As a teacher, I always suggest to my parents for kids to start privately when possible. 
  10. Finally, for those of you who live locally, I would be more than pleased to meet with you and provide some private lessons to get the dust off for frrrrree!!! Yes, that means nnnnno charge!!! If you are so inclined, Doc charges $100.00 per hour and you have to travel to West-by god-Virginia.

For everyone else, please don't hesitate to call/email me for any help or suggestions that you might need.

Good luck and happy practicing!!!

Concert Program

The concert program will be selected from the growing list below compiled by Dr. Lentczner. If you have comments or a favorite piece to be considered, please email him at blentczner (at)

  • Star Spangled Banner
  • Our Director (FE Bigelow)
  • America the Beautiful (Samuel A Ward, arr. Carmen Dragon)
  • Man of La Mancha (Mitch Leigh, arr. Frank Erickson)
  • Overture Jubiloso (Frank Erickson)
  • Second Suite for Military Band in F, 1st mvt (Gustav Holst)
  • Bugler's Holiday (Leroy Anderson)
         Featuring the All-Star Trumpet Section
  • North Shore Alma Mater (arr. B Lentczner)
  • Slavonic Dances-Dvorak
  • Fanfare and Flourishes- Curnow
  • Flourish for Wind Band- Vaughn Williams
  • Irish Tune from County Derry- Grainger
  • Minuteman March- Bob Pearson
  • Folk Song Suite -  Ralph Vaughan-Williams
  • Coat of Arms- G. Kenny
  • First Suite for Military Band in Eb- Holst

Subject to change.

Local Accommodations

For more info, or to sign up, email Jeff Byrne [jbyrne {at}].

To reminisce on the second reunion, see NSHS 2005 Band Reunion.

Please send comments on this page to Jeff Clymer.