Amityville Memorial High School will once again honor the memory of its late music teacher/jazz band and choral director, Chris LaMarca, with a special benefit concert to be held on Friday, May 30, 2014, beginning at 4 p.m. in the AMHS auditorium. Current staff and student musicians, as well as several alumni, will be performing on stage with proceeds of the concert to be used for multiple scholarships for Amityville student musicians.

Concert tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students. For more information on how you can help, please email Bob Claps at or call (631) 691-0021. In addition to monetary donations, organizers are accepting donations of refreshments and snacks for the event.

Chris LaMarca passed away suddenly last year after leaving an indelible mark on so many young musicians in the Amityville School District and community. A 1973 graduate of AMHS, Chris returned to teach in the district in 1996, later serving as music coordinator from 2004-2006. He taught at the elementary, middle school and high school levels and led many jazz ensembles to gold and sliver medals at the New York State School Music Association Majors Festival, while also mentoring several soloists to high scores at NYSSMA.

To view a video from last year’s LaMarca concert, go to the Amityville Teacher’s Association website at  or do directly to