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September 24, 2018

Student Musicians From Phoenix Shine At State Festival


PHOENIX – Six Phoenix Central School District student musicians recently demonstrated their talents during the annual Junior High Area All-State Music Festival.

From left are students Virginia Bednarski (trumpet), Chloe Calkins (euphonium), Lily Roberts (French horn), Alex Olschewski (percussion), Aidan Trumble (trumpet), and Sarah Andrews (tenor saxophone). The six musicians recently demonstrated their talents during the annual Junior High Area All-State Music Festival

From left are students Virginia Bednarski (trumpet), Chloe Calkins (euphonium), Lily Roberts (French horn), Alex Olschewski (percussion), Aidan Trumble (trumpet), and Sarah Andrews (tenor saxophone). The six musicians recently demonstrated their talents during the annual Junior High Area All-State Music Festival

Held in Cortland, students from 46 school districts statewide participated in either treble choir, mixed chorus, orchestra or concert band.

The 93-member concert band was comprised, in part, of Emerson J. Dillon Middle School students Virginia Bednarski, Chloe Calkins, Lily Roberts, Alex Olschewski, Aidan Trumble and Sarah Andrews.

They performed “Symphonic Overture” by Charles Carter; “Into The Raging River” by Steven Reineke; “Songs from the Heartland” by Russel Mikkelson, Lisa Galvin and Zachary Roberts; and “Musical Haiku #14 Never Forgotten” by Stephen Melillo.

“Phoenix is very proud to be the third largest district represented in this year’s band,” said EJD band teacher David Frateschi. “The Phoenix Central School Music Department is also very proud to be included in the National Association for Music Education’s top 100 schools in America for Music Education for the 2016-17 school year. Special thanks go out to the Phoenix administration team and the board of education for their continued support of our students here in Phoenix.”

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