Our Lady of the Assumption Band Program

Meet The Team


Dennis Shafer, Woodwinds, Band Director

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Dennis loves working with kids and making music FUN! He has a passion for music instills this in his students. Dennis has over 15 years experience teaching all ages and styles of music, and holds degrees at Longy of Bard College, Boulogne Conservatory (France), The Boston Conservatory, and Brooklyn College. He feels it is important to organize performances for his students.  His students have performed in many venues from Harvard Square to Carnegie Hall.

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Trisha Craig, Flute Instructor

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Trisha Craig believes that anyone can learn and loves to bring out the best in all of her students! She has been teaching, coaching, and conducting musicians of all ages for over thirty years. She enjoys exposing students and audiences to modern styles and techniques, and her enthusiasm is infectious. Trisha holds music degrees from Ithaca College and Longy School of Music, and her students have won awards at the local, regional, and national levels.


Bruce Haiduk, Brass

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Bruce is fantastic with kids and makes buzzing into brass instruments more fun than video games! He's a talented trombonist, too, with degrees from Boston University and Oklahoma State. Bruce does everything from symphonic music to big band and can help kids achieve their dreams in any realm of music on a brass instrument--He has a sforzando that will sneak up on you too!


Welcome to OLA Band! Here is some important info:

-OLA Band now takes place after school on Wednesdays from 3:00-5:00PM. This time will consist of group rehearsal for 1 hour, and then short private lessons 15-20 minutes in length.

-1/2 hr private lessons are also offered (limited space available!) from 5:00 to 6:00PM. Contact teachers above directly to schedule lesson times.

-Band class will begin on Wednesday, January 9th after school. Lessons may begin earlier. 

-Throughout the year, band class will happen in 3 sessions:

-Session #1: 9/26 to 12/5 (no meeting on 11/21, Thanksgiving week)

-Session #2: 1/9 to 3/20 (no meeting on 2/20, MA school vacation week)

-Session #3: 4/3 to 6/12 (no meeting on 4/17, MA school vacation week)

-Click above to register and pay for band, or print the registration form below and hand in to school office!