District Boasts 16 Music Festival Selections

District Boasts 16 Music Festival Selections
More than a dozen student musicians from the district have been selected to perform at the Suffolk County Music Educators Association All-County festival in March.

Representing Amityville Memorial High School are band students Patrick Abate (alto saxophone) and Dakota Willenbrock (clarinet), and chorus students Ryans Janviers and Brianna Mazzilli.

From Edmund W. Miles Middle School, chorus students Jeff Cruz, Keiry Martinez and Nil Patel were chosen, along with violinist Brianna McQueen for the orchestra.

Four members of the chorus will represent Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School including Jessica Melford, Cherice Quintyne-Best, Madeline Shingleton and Adrianna Velasquez. Messiah Marshall (flute) was selected for the All-County band.

Two French horn players represented Amityville in the annual SCMEA Day of Horn festival on Jan. 20 at Northport High School. The participating students were 10th-grader Michael Gordon and eighth-grader Tristan Angus.

Nia Scott, a ninth-grader at the middle school, will be a member of the 2016-17 Long Island String Festival Association’s Secondary School Orchestra. The cello player will join an ensemble that will perform on Jan. 29 at Ward Melville High School.

“Congratulations to all of the students on these outstanding achievements,” said Dr. Frances Fernandez, district director of fine arts. “Also, special thanks goes out to their families, and their present and past music teachers for their guidance and support.”