Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Lowell State College
Masters Degree in Music Education from Lowell State College
Masters Degree in Conducting from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Blair Bettencourt retired after 36 years as Music Director for Westford Academy and Music Coordinator for Westford, Massachusetts in 2006. Mr. Bettencourt is former Director and Conductor of The University of Massachusetts, Lowell Preparatory Division Wind Ensemble, the University Concert Band and Assistant Conductor and Personnel Director of The Lowell Summer Concert Band. He has been a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator for music festivals throughout New England and the United States. Mr Bettencourt maintains an active schedule as a private teacher and as a performer on clarinet and saxophone. He has appeared at jazz festivals including The Globe Jazz Festival, The Kool Jazz Festival, The Essex Jazz Festival and The Sacramento Jazz Jubilee. Mr. Bettencourt can be heard as a performer on Jazzology and Stomp-Off records. Mr. Bettencourt has been very active as a member of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association serving in a variety of positions, including District Band Manager, Secretary and Chairperson of the Northeastern District. He is a 1990 recipient of the M.M.E.A. Lowell Mason Award recognizing his contribution to Music Education in Massachusetts.
Mr Bettencourt has lectured in Music Administration and Curriculum Development, Jazz History, Woodwinds Pedagogy, Music Technology, Jazz History and Instrumental Methods and Repertoire, He is a teacher at the Mary Jo Leahy Symphonic Band camp held at UML, as a guest conductor, theory and conducting teacher. He is a member of Music Educator's National Conference and the National Band Association.