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Phoenix Musicians Perform at All-County Band Festival

PHOENIX – Nearly 20 Phoenix Central School District middle school students showcased their musical talents during the recent All-County Band Festival held in Hannibal.

Members of the Emerson J. Dillon Middle School band gather for a photo during the recent All-County Band Festival held in the Hannibal High School Auditorium.
Members of the Emerson J. Dillon Middle School band gather for a photo during the recent All-County Band Festival held in the Hannibal High School Auditorium.

The annual event was spearheaded by the Oswego County Music Educators Association and featured 74 student musicians representing all nine school districts throughout the county.

Under the direction of Jonathan Hunkins, the junior high band performed “Encanto,” “Air for Winds” and “The Forge of Vulcan.”

The Emerson J. Dillon instrumental music program had the largest number of junior high students represented from one school district at this year’s festival, which is a testament to the hard work of the students and the district’s rich music program, said EJD band teacher Dave Frateschi.

EJD All-County band members included Sophie Crandall, Natalie Brown, Madison Hess, Jacob Neupert, Sarah Andrews, Nicholas Bartlett, Madison Gaca, Virginia Bednarski, Katelyn Pyzdrowski, Aiden Trumble, Thomas Uhl, Lily Roberts, Mary Crandall, Chloe Caulkins, Hannah Charleston, Aiden Southworth, Alex Olschewske and Sophia Trinca.

“The Phoenix Central School Music Department is also very proud to be included in the National Association for Music Education top 100 schools in America for Music Education for the 2016 school year,” Frateschi said, noting that this marks the fifth consecutive year for this designation. “Special thanks go out to the Phoenix administration team and the board of education for their continued support of our students here in Phoenix.”