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September 20, 2018

Three Phoenix Students Participate in NYSSMA Music Festival


PHOENIX – Phoenix Central School District students Chloe Calkin, Hailey Goudy and Marcus Berube were selected to participate in the New York State School Music Association Junior High Area All State Music Festival, held November 6 and 7 in Cortland.

Chloe Calkin, Hailey Goudy and Marcus Berube, from left, prepare to participate in the New York State School Music Association Junior High Area All State Music Festival. Olivia Ripley was selected to play in the band, but was unable to participate.

Chloe Calkin, Hailey Goudy and Marcus Berube, from left, prepare to participate in the New York State School Music Association Junior High Area All State Music Festival. Olivia Ripley was selected to play in the band, but was unable to participate.

Students in grades seven to nine were given the opportunity to join the band, chorus and orchestra based on their NYSSMA scores and teacher recommendations.

A total 43 districts were represented, crossing several counties.

Calkins played the euphonium, while Goudy played the clarinet and Berube played the bassoon.

Trumpet player Olivia Ripley also was selected for the event, but was unable to participate.

The concert program included Sedona by Steven Reineke, Rain by Brian Balmages, In the Forest of The King by Pierre LaPlante, and Gadget by Randall D. Standridge.

While Yvonne M. Allen, a band director from the Horseheads School District, directed this year’s NYSSMA band, Phoenix Central School District band directors David Frateschi and Jim DeMauro supported their students throughout the music festival.

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