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Thirteen of Westfield’s finest music students were chosen for a variety of New York State School Music Association’s music festivals this fall. Students are chosen for these groups on the basis of their solo performance audition at a NYSSMA Solo Festival last May. They competed against students from Western New York, all of New York, or the entire country, depending on the group they were selected for. We are especially proud of Brad Belmondo, who was selected for one All National Ensemble, one regional northeastern United States ensemble, one Area All State Ensemble, and whose electronic composition was accepted for performance at the NYSSMA Winter Conference in Rochester. Brad is the first Westfield music student to be selected for any national ensemble. He is also principal trumpet in the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra. Congratulations to all of our fine young musicians!

Front Row: Clayton Kircher (Area All State Chorus), Brad Belmondo (NAfME All National Mixed Chorus, ACDA All Eastern Musical Theater Chorus, NYSSMA Conference All State for Electronic Composition, NYSSMA Area All State Band), Cassidy Phillips (Area All State Band), Esther Knappenberger (Area All State Orchestra), Maya Huegel (Area All State Band). Middle Row: Kimberly Delcamp (Area All State Band), Angel Busch (Conference All State Chorus, Area All State Chorus), Katie Bodenmiller (Area All State Chorus), Richard Barney (Area All State Chorus). Back Row: Owen Bates (Area All State Chorus), Ellie Brown (Area All State Chorus), Isaac Caballero (Area All State Chorus), Savannah Lashbrook ((Area All State Chorus). Missing from photo: Bradley Babcock (Area All-State Chorus).

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