Two Named to Elite All-National Band

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Two Syosset High School student-musicians have been named to the National Association for Music Education’s All-National Concert Band, which will perform at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, in October.  

Jakob Finkelstein (trumpet) and Ross Kliegman (oboe) are among 120 elite student-musicians selected from schools throughout the country to perform in the All-National Concert Band. They join more than 670 students representing schools in 49 states and overseas military bases who will be performing in the four All-National Honor Ensembles – Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and Mixed Choir – at this year’s NAfME conference, taking place Oct. 25-28.

The All-National Concert Band will be led by Eugene Migliaro Corporon, renowned conductor of the Wind Symphony and regents professor of music at the University of North Texas College of Music. He is also a respected author who has recorded more than 1000 works with various performing groups.

Congratulations to Jakob and Ross and their teacher, Larry Ballereau, on this impressive achievement. Pictured from left are Syosset CSD Coordinator of Fine and Performing Arts, K-12 Michael Salzman, Ballereau, Jakob, Ross and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Thomas Rogers.