Dr. Messier is currently the BHS Director of Bands at Belchertown High School. His research on audience attraction, engagement, and retention has resulted in his participation in the New Audiences and Innovative Practices program in Iceland, guest speaking engagements in Minnesota and the Netherlands, and his appointment to the College Band Director’s National Association committee for the advancement of wind music in our culture. Messier is also CEO and artistic director of Elastic Bands (elasticbands.org), which produces educational methods that facilitate creativity and imagination among students. Prior to his appointment at BHS, Messier taught in the public schools for six years, five as Director of Bands at Amherst Regional High School. Recently, Dr. Messier completed his doctorate in conducting at the University of Minnesota with Prof. Craig Kirchhoff, and he currently resides in Amherst, MA.
Ms. Comstock is currently the choir and theater director at Belchertown High School where she oversees all aspects of the choir and theater arts programs. Prior to her high school appointment four years ago, she spent 20 years teaching vocal and general music at Swift River Elementary, Chestnut Hill Community School, and Jabish Brook Middle School. Ms. Comstock holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Westfield State University where she concentrated in vocal pedagogy. She is a past recipient of the Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award. Ms. Comstock is active member of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association where she acts as a vocal adjudicator. Her professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education and the American Choral Directors Association.