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September 19, 2018

Phoenix Students Perform In Honor Bands


PHOENIX – Some of Phoenix Central School District’s most musically-talented students recently performed in the New York State Band Director’s Association’s annual Symposium of middle school and high school honor bands.

Representing Phoenix in the NYSBDA Middle School Honor Band, from left, are Thomas Uhl (Trumpet), Aiden Trumble (Trumpet), Virginia Bednarski (Trumpet) and Chloe Calkins (Euphonium).

Representing Phoenix in the NYSBDA Middle School Honor Band, from left, are Thomas Uhl (Trumpet), Aiden Trumble (Trumpet), Virginia Bednarski (Trumpet) and Chloe Calkins (Euphonium).

Band directors from throughout the state submitted recommendations for the prestigious honor based on the previous year’s New York State School Music Association scores for students and overall achievement.

Dr. Shelley Jagow directed the Middle School Honor Band, for grades seven and eight, which was comprised of 112 students coming from 42 school districts.

Their program included “Into the Clouds” by Richard Saucedo, “El Camino Real” by Alfred Reed and arranged by Robert Longfield, “Rippling Watercolors” by Brian Balmages and “Café 512” by Ryan George.

Accepted from Phoenix as first alternates for the NYSBDA Middle School Honor Band this year were Lily Roberts (French Horn) and Hannah Charleston (Euphonium).

Phoenix Central School District was the only school district from Oswego County to have students selected to the Middle School Honor Band this year.

Dr. Evan Feldman directed the High School Honor Band.

From left, Daniel Knowlton (Trumpet) and Brian Breen (Flute) are all smiles after they were selected to perform in the NYSBDA High School Honor Band.

From left, Daniel Knowlton (Trumpet) and Brian Breen (Flute) are all smiles after they were selected to perform in the NYSBDA High School Honor Band.

Comprised of 123 students in grades nine through 12 from 54 school districts, the program included “Kirpatrick Fanfare” by Andrew Boysen Jr., “Irish Tune from County Derry” by Percy Aldridge Grainger, “Blue Shades” by Frank Tichelli, “Melodius Thunk” by David Biedenbender and “Downey Overture” by Oscar Navarro.

Phoenix Central, Fulton City, Hannibal Central, and Central Square Central school districts all had students selected to perform in this year’s High School Honor Band.

The PCSD Music Department is also proud to be included in the NAfME top 100 schools in America for Music Education for the 2016 school year.

This is the fifth straight year for this designation.

The department extended a special thank you to the PCSD administration team and the board of education for their continued support of all Phoenix students.

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