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Phoenix Students Shine At All-State Music Festivals

Dillon Middle School students Cameron Huntley (euphonium) and Virginia Bednarski (trumpet) pose for a photo prior to the Junior High Area All-State Festival.
Dillon Middle School students Cameron Huntley (euphonium) and Virginia Bednarski (trumpet) pose for a photo prior to the Junior High Area All-State Festival.

PHOENIX – Phoenix Central School District student musicians recently showcased their talents during two All-State festivals.

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Phoenix students are all smiles before performing during the High School Area All-State Festival on Nov. 17.

In early November, two Emerson J. Dillon students participated in the Junior High Area All-State festival in Ithaca with the concert band.

Fifty-four school districts were represented at the event, with Phoenix students Virginia Bednarski (trumpet) and Cameron Huntley (euphonium) earning seats with the band.

EJD Band Director David Frateschi noted that song selections for the festival included challenging pieces such as “Americans We” by Henry Fillmore and “Night on Fire” by John Mackey.

The performance was a testament to the students’ hard work and the district’s commitment to its music program, he said.

Dillon Middle School students Cameron Huntley (euphonium) and Virginia Bednarski (trumpet) pose for a photo prior to the Junior High Area All-State Festival.
Dillon Middle School students Cameron Huntley (euphonium) and Virginia Bednarski (trumpet) pose for a photo prior to the Junior High Area All-State Festival.

“This is the seventh straight year the PCSD has earned the designation as a top 100 schools in America for Music Education,” Frateschi said. “Special thanks go out to the Phoenix administration team and the board of education for their continued support of our students here in Phoenix.”

In addition to the junior high event, Phoenix was also represented at the high school Area All-State Music Festival, held Nov. 17 in Fulton.

PCSD participants included Sarah Thorn (bass clarinet); Hailey Goudy (clarinet); Lily Roberts (French horn); Virginia Bednarksi (trumpet); Thomas Uhl (trumpet); Violet Ameele (trombone); Christian Johnson (euphonium); Chloe Calkins (euphonium); Olivia Ripley, Garrett Strang and Declan Hawthorne (mixed choir); Skyler Patnode Aidan Trumble (orchestra); and Zaya Koegel (treble choir).