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Concert Features Phoenix students’ Jazz Talents

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Central School District music department recently presented an evening of entertainment featuring the middle school and high school jazz bands.

Student Brian Breen performs during a year-end jazz band concert.
Student Brian Breen performs during a year-end jazz band concert.

In separate performances, each band played six songs ranging from jazz classics to today’s hits.

The Emerson J. Dillon jazz students opened the evening with “The Star Spangled Banner,” followed by blues tunes and other numbers.

“These students have worked so hard in such a short amount of time,” said EJD jazz band director Dave Frateschi. “I’m so proud of what they have been able to accomplish.”

Under the director of Liza Grethel, the high school jazz band kept the music going with an array of songs such as “The Last Lap,” “Feeling Good” and “Make me Smile.”

The Dillon Middle School jazz band performs in a recent concert under the direction of Dave Frateschi.
The Dillon Middle School jazz band performs in a recent concert under the direction of Dave Frateschi.

John C. Birdlebough High School student Sean Sievers was a featured soloist while Zachary Thompson showcased his vocal talents.

In each of the past seven years, the Phoenix Central School District’s music program has been named one of the Best Communities for Music Education.

The recognition, awarded by the National Association of Music Merchants, honors districts that have demonstrated a commitment and access to music education.