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Ken-Ton High Schools Celebrate Students Accepted Into Highly Selective Ensembles

Numerous students from Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda UFSD schools were recently distinguished for their acceptance into a variety of highly selective music ensembles. This includes the New York State School Music Association Conference All-State Festival, which draws from the top student musicians throughout New York State, and the Area All-State Festival, which draws from the top student musicians throughout Western New York.

The following students were honored:

Conference All-State Chorus

  • Jacob Aguglia, Bass (Kenmore East)
  • Natalie Elwood, Soprano (Kenmore East)
  • Cassandra Marcotte, Soprano (Kenmore East)

Senior High Area All-State Chorus:

  • Natalie Elwood, Soprano (Kenmore East)
  • Alyssa Germano, Soprano (Kenmore East)
  • Brittany Hoffman, Alto (Kenmore East)
  • Sydny Hoffman, Alto (Kenmore East)
  • Katie Manna, Alto (Kenmore East)
  • Cassandra Marcotte, Soprano (Kenmore East)
  • Gracelyn Rife, Soprano (Kenmore East)
  • Alex Russell, Tenor (Kenmore East)
  • Arianna Tombolesi (Kenmore East)
  • Emily Walter, Alto (Kenmore East)

Senior High Area All-State Orchestra:

  • AJ Neubert, Bassoon (Kenmore East)
  • Lesley Rudin, Viola (Kenmore West)
  • Judy Siwiec, Violin (Kenmore West)

Junior High Area All-State Orchestra:

  • Jeremy Rich, Kenmore East

Senior High Area All-State Concert Band:

  • Chris Donn, Clarinet (Kenmore East)
  • Colin Lynch, Tenor Saxophone (Kenmore West)
  • Kyle Michaels, Percussion (Kenmore East)
  • Bobby Wolfe, Bari Sax (Kenmore East)

Junior High Area All-State Concert Band:

  • Olivia Kandler, Flute (Kenmore West)
  • Madison Manzella, Flute (Kenmore East)
  • Zack Meder, Trumpet (Kenmore East)
  • Mara Volle, Oboe (Kenmore East)

Senior High Area All-State Jazz Ensemble:

  • Ryan Stoll, Trombone (Kenmore East)
  • Jacob Aguglia, Trumpet (Kenmore East)
  • Matt White, Tenor Sax (Kenmore East)

Also, Isabella Eberle, Clarinet I (Kenmore West); AJ Neubert, Bassoon (Kenmore East); and Mara Volle, Oboe (Kenmore East) were honored for their participation in the highly selective Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra, as well as Jenna Butler, Horn (Kenmore East), Southern Tier Youth Orchestra.

Several Kenmore East students were also celebrated for taking part in other ensembles including the Buffalo State Honor Band (Danielle Miranda, AJ Neubert, Andrew Reinhart, Emily Schofield, Vincent Sciortino, and Megan Swick); the Capital University Honor Band (Jacob Aguglia, Jenna Butler, Nate Kalnitz, Kyle Michaels, Gillian Scozzaro, Julia Viger, and Matt White); and the New York State Band Directors Association Bands (Jacob Aguglia, Matthew Geary, Madison Manzella, Zach Meder, Kyle Micheals, AJ Neubert, Mara Volle, and Matt White).

Three groups of students from Kenmore East were also celebrated for their participation at major regional events: Jenna Butler, Rachel Hamilton, Hannah Crittendon, AJ Neubert, Mara Volle, who all took part in a woodwind quintet performing at the Erie County Fair in August; Trever Balbierz, Matt Geary, Brittany Hoffman, Gillian Scozzaro, Jacob Vitko, Emily Walter, and Bobby Wolfe, who performed as a jazz combo at the American Accordion Society Convention; and the members of the French Quarter Hounds, Jacob Aguglia, Nate Kalnitz, Kyle “Roger” Michaels, Ryan Stoll and Matt White, who have performed at numerous events including the WNY Blues Festival, Lewiston Jazz Festival, and Music is Art Festival.