Fonda-Fultonville is proud to announce that all six student music groups that performed at the Sherburne Pageant of the Bands earned honors in their class.
“This impressive showing by our district is a testament to the quality of our music program,” music teacher Greg Kowalczyk said.
Junior Jazz Ensemble, 1st Place
Under the direction of Kowalczyk, the Junior Jazz Ensemble came in first with a score of 92. They got there with the help of the following students who had improvised solos: Amber Fox on trumpet, Lauren Braun on trumpet, McKenna Beddig on alto saxophone (who was featured on a ballad), Marilyn Whitcavitch on baritone saxophone, Grace Hotaling on tenor saxophone, Eliana Montano on trombone and Camdon Woodman on the drums.
“The whole group played with a lot of energy and enthusiasm that showed through their playing of all three pieces,” Kowalczyk said.
Small Ensemble, 1st Place
Small Ensemble, the high school Saxophone Quartet, also under the direction of Kowalczyk, came in first with a score of 91. The group included Allison Codi on soprano/alto saxophone, McKenna Beddig (who is an eighth grader) on alto saxophone, Garrett Kowalczyk on tenor saxophone and Matt Bollacker on baritone saxophone.
“This group has been working on music since late October/early November,” Kowalczyk said. “They performed at the FFCS Jazz Festival as well as Jazz Night, and they worked on doing the best they could leading up to the competition at Sherburne.”
High School Jazz Ensemble
Under the direction of Chad Lenig, High School Jazz I performed a difficult program and received a rating of 88.5, earning second place in the AA Class. Soloist Matthew Bollacker, Garrett Kowalczyk, Matthew Cimmino, Santino Montanez and Katelyn Babiarz helped propel this group to success.
“This academic year we have spent a lot of time studying uptempo swing and the styles of Charles Mingus Big Band, Stan Kenton Big Band, Buddy Rich Big Band and more,” Lenig said. “The group has excelled and the Sherburne Pageant of Bands helped put an exclamation point on the year.”
Wind Ensemble, 3rd Place
Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Lenig, competed in the AA concert band class and received a score of 86. They received third place in the class.
“The group performed difficult literature and received excellent comments,” Lenig said.
Marching Band and Colorguard
Marching Band and Colorguard also took 3rd place in the AA class. The group is also directed by Lenig.
“Performing the 21 Pilots song “Ride’ the group played with terrific energy,” Lenig said. “As a grade 7-12 marching band, many middle school students were part of propelling this group to success. The Sherburne Pageant is always a highlight of this group’s year. It provides a goal to work towards all year so that we can showcase our best in June.”
What is the Sherburne Pageant of the Bands?
The event was held June 1-3. In its 68th year, it is hosted by the Sherburne-Earlville Central School District. It is heralded as one of the largest, oldest and most respected band pageants in New York State. Bands from as far away as South Dakota and Iowa have participated. The event draws as many 10,000 people annually.