LS senior high bands prepare to compete in NYC

ANGOLA – The Lake Shore Senior High bands, under the direction of Eric Blodgett and Carrie Poissant, will perform at another National Band Competition the weekend of April 19 in the city so great they named it twice, New York City. Students from the senior high bands will be on tour April 18-21.

Over the past 13 years, the bands have competed nationally on six occasions and produced 8 professional recordings. With a great deal of hard work, the senior high bands have always done very well and represented their school and community with pride.

This year the groups are off to compete in the Big Apple Classic at the College of Staten Island. The Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will compete against all other bands in attendance at the festival and will be adjudicated by a panel of nationally renowned judges. They will find out their results at an exciting Awards Ceremony following the festival at the famed dinner show, Medieval Times.

The last time the bands competed in NYC they all placed first in their respective classes, a student was awarded the top soloist award, and the Wind Ensemble received the Grand Champion award for placing first with the highest score out of every music group in attendance at the festival.

The students in the senior high bands will enjoy a very exciting and educational itinerary in addition to the music festival while in NYC. Some of the fantastic highlights and events include time at the Ameri-can Museum of Natural History, watching a live sound check at the Jazz at Lincoln Center of the internationally renowned jazz group “Kings of Crescent City,” seeing the city at night from the top of Rockefeller Plaza touring the “Top of the Rock,” a tour of the Radio City Music Hall, a speaking engagement with 9/11 first responder Chief Dan Daly NYFD, the “Phantom of the Opera” musical at the historic Majestic Theater followed by a meet and greet with actors and actresses from the show, a tour called the “Sounds of the City Music Safari” – a 4-hour tour that will take the kids deep into the music and arts history of the city including the Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Opera, Juilliard, the Cotton Club, Great White Way, Duke Ellington Memorial, and John Lennon Memorial, and finally, a harbor cruise that will sail under the Brooklyn Bridge just past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Along with a tour of this magnitude comes a large financial commitment from the students and community.

To see the senior high bands in concert, attend one of their upcoming concerts: The District Jazz Concert featuring Jazz Trombonist Ken Crane, April 25, first Spring Concert May 13 and the second on June 3.

All concerts are held in the Lake Shore Senior High School Auditorium at 7 p.m.