Congratulations to the following All-County Musicians
Skylar Berkley, Band, Clarinet
Hugh Cheung, Band, Bass Clarinet
Ekaterina Fakinos, Band, Flute
Brett Gold,Band ,Tenor Sax
Emma Gold, Band, Bb Clarinet10
Edward Grimes, Band, Bb Clarinet
Jack Lido, Band, Tuba
Congratulations to Skylar Berkley (Clarinet) and Jack Lido (Tuba) on being selected as 2015 NYSSMA All-State Alternates! Skylar and Jack are both members of the JFK Wind Ensemble.
Congratulations to Joshua Goldman (percussion) and Diana Hererra (clarient) that were selected to perform in the Long Island University Festival Band. These students will perform with students from across Long Island. Students will work with this year's composer-in-residence, Rossano Galante and members of the unviersity band program.
The concert will take place on Sunday, April 26 2015 at 7p.m.
Congratulations to Beatrice Brown, Wind Ensemble Principal Flute, for being accepted into the NAfME 2015 All-Eastern Honors Concert Band. Bea will perform in Providence, RI this April. Kudos to Mara Friedman, Wind Ensemble, Voice for also being accepted into the All-Eastern Mixed Chorus!
Beatrice is the first Kennedy HS Instrumentalist to be accepted into the All-Eastern Program!
Congratulations to the following musicians!
Kennedy HS bands will be traveling this Spring to Boston, MA! As part of our activities we will be performing a public concert at Quincy Market. In addition, students will be touring Boston and its many historical and fun places throughout the weekend. Alumni and family members are all invited to our performance on Saturday, April 18. Times will be updates early next year.
John F. Kennedy High School student named to All-National Concert Band
Beatrice Brown, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School, was recently selected to participate in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-National High School Concert Band.
Brown, who plays the flute, is the first student from Kennedy to be selected for the honor and the first instrumental student selected in the district’s history.
“I’m incredibly proud of her,” said Walter Avellaneda, the director of bands at Kennedy. “It’s a great accomplishment for the program to have some represent the school and she’s one of the hardest working musicians here.”
Brown has performed at Carnegie Hall and was a member of the All-State ensemble last year. She also plays in the school’s wind ensemble, pit band, pep band and jazz band. Outside of school, Brown plays flute for the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, which is comprised of student musicians from all over Long Island.
As a result of the recognition, Brown will be performing with other selected students across the country at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn., when NAfME holds its annual conference in October. The student performance will take place on Oct. 29.
NAfME is a large arts education organization that advocates for music education at the local, state and federal level. It provides resources for teachers, parents and administrators, including professional development and special events. The association has existed since 1907, ensuring that students have access to comprehensive and high-quality music instruction. Its resources have also been used in the development of the national standards for arts education.
Congratulations to the class of 2014! The commencement at NYCB Theatre at Westbury was outstanding. Congratulations to Wyatt Goodwin, trumpet; Gregory Solomon, Drums; Gregory Mora, Bass; and Justin Neugueboren, piano on their performance of "A Child is Born" by Thad Jones.
Also, congratulations to Ben Rabinowitz, Valedictorian and Wind Ensemble member on an outstanding speech!
Best wishes to all of you!
On Monday, June 2 the Kennedy Music Boosters Association held their annual music awards night at Domenico's Restaurant in Levittown. The following students recieved awards
Freshmen of the Year: Skylar Berkley
Kennedy Alumni Association Award for Band: Briana Krackow (Emory University)
Outstanding Musical Growth: Greg Solomon (Penn State University)
Outstanding Leadership: Jordan Siegel (The Ohio State University)
Outstanding Service to Band Award: Teri Vieira (Stonybrook University)
The John Philip Sousa Band Award: Aaron Plass (Cornell University)
The Louise Armstrong Jazz Award: Wyatt Goodwin (Pittsburgh University)
Congratulations to all recipients!