September 27, 2020

Community Music School Salutes Community Champions

ESSEX – On Wednesday, Nov. 10, the Community Music School will present its 2010 Community Music School  Champions Awards at a breakfast event at the Essex Yacht Club, Novelty Lane, Essex. Essex Savings Bank will receive the Corporate Partnership Award and Patron Appreciation Awards will be given to Timothy Boyd of Deep River and Steve Haines of East Haddam.

“Community Music School is pleased to recognize those who have supported CMS and its mission and who strive to improve our community through the arts,” said Susan Saltus, president of the Music School board of trustees. 

Essex Savings Bank has been serving the banking and financial needs of the community for over a century and a half and was a vital partner in the School’s recent expansion. Through its Community Investment Program, the Bank provides grants to area non-profit organizations that help to meet basic needs and enrich residents’ lives.

Timothy Boyd served on the CMS Board of Directors for 7 years, four as vice president and two as president. Tim’s initial interest in CMS came as a result of his son’s involvement as a young student of classical guitar. Under his leadership, CMS evolved to include new programming, additional studio space, and the launch of Vina Musica, an annual spring fund raiser to benefit the scholarship fund. Tim is currently president of the Connecticut River Museum board and a trustee of Essex Winter Series.

Steven G. Haines was a member of the CMS Board of Directors for 2 years, serving as president from 2009-2010. His steady leadership guided CMS through a time of transition with support, creativity, and enthusiasm. Steve is the Director of Information Technology for Centerbrook Architects where he applies more than 20 years of experience to leading approximately 75 architects through the maze of technology used to practice architecture today. Steve’s wife Irene and two daughters, Katie and Bridget, have been a part of the CMS student family for many years.

Tickets are $30 per person and proceeds will benefit Community Music School, a not-for-profit organization. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please call 860-767-0026 or visit for additional information.