Please welcome our new Board Members, Maureen and Mike at BCMC.



Maureen Mylander, a late bloomer, waited until her senior year to declare a major in journalism. She wrote the first of five non-fiction books (The Generals: Making It, Military-Style, NY: Dial Press, 1974) at age 35, and her first novel (BrassCeiling: #ME-ilitary Too)–a sequel to The Generals–at age 60.

She took up dragonboating at age 57, tennis at 73, and joined a ukulele band, her greatest joy, a few years later.

As a freelancer, she ghostwrote 235 of the late Dr. Michael Halberstam’s health advice columns for the New York Times Special Features Syndicate. Then she joined the Federal Government as a writer/editor for the Army Medical Service and National Institutes of Health. Just before she retired, a fifth book, Gesundheit!, co-authored with Dr. Patch Adams, became the 1998 film, Patch Adams.

After moving full-time to Berkeley Springs, WV, in 2016, Maureen became active in politics via Morgan County Indivisible, and in music via the Tri-State Ukeclectics Orchestra and BlackCat Music Cooperative.

She brings her creativity, enthusiasm, faith in kids, and love of music to her new role as BCMC director!

Mike Kligerman, artist and musician, is a multi-instrumentalist who, when not performing, teaches others to enjoy guitar, violin, viola, bass, and, above all, the humble ukulele.

The Tri-State Ukeclectic Orchestra, began with players who took free First Friday uke lessons at the Black Cat Music Shop. When the group kept returning and progressing, they formed a ukulele band. The popularity of the Ukeclectics grew with frequent gigs, expanding repertoire, and smiling audiences.

In late 2018, Maestro Mike founded the Young Yukes ages 8 to 15 who soon placed third in the 2019 Morgan County Has Talent Show.

Mike formerly played violin in the Nairobi (Kenya) Opera Orchestra, taught at the Kenya Conservatory of Music, and was Principal viola in the Montgomery Philharmonic Orchestra. He taught folk guitar at Glen Echo Park for over 35 years, and is the Arthur Godfrey Chair of Ukulele at the Washington Conservatory of Music.

A restless soul, he also paints, sculpts, raises chickens, and loves teaching.

Mike and Maureen join Janet Gauthier, Robert Howard, and Kathryn Gauthier on the BlackCat Music Cooperative Board of Directors.




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Warm Springs Intermediate School Teachers with their new ukuleles – Sept 9, 2017

WSIS Teachers Uke Photo

Boys and Girls Club Guitar Club – Est. November 1, 2017



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Boys and Girls Club Ukulele and Song Club – Est. December 4, 2017



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