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Albany High bands capture silver ratings

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 2, 2017) -- Albany High School’s Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band each earned a silver rating at the New York State School Music Association’s Major Ensemble Festival.


The competition took place April 26 at Ballston Spa High School. Both groups performed under the direction of John Halvorsen. Performances are graded as "bronze," "silver" and "gold" and on a scale of I to VI, with VI being the most difficult.


The Wind Ensemble performed at competition Level VI, featuring pieces with the highest degree of complexity: “Xerxes” by John Mackey, “Suite Française” by Darius Milhaud and “Mars” by Gustav Holst.


The Symphonic Band, competing for the first time in two decades, performed a competition Level IV program: “Manhattan Beach” by John Phillip Sousa, “Of Dark Lords and Ancient Kings” by Roland Barrett and “Scheherazade” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.


The Symphonic Band has grown so large that it is split and performs in two sections. The NYSSMA Festival marked the first time both groups performed together – no pressure!

Members of both ensembles are listed below. Great job by all!

Wind Ensemble                                             

Robert Ackerman

Cleis Hahn

Themba Pieterse

Ivory Anderson

Aine Haugh

Julie Pluviose-Philip

Richard Andrews

Regan Hunt

Daniel Pollydore

Matthew Baker

Caleb John

Robert Quaye

Logan Bennett

Noah John

Onika Richardson

Rafael Cabahug

Jonah Kaziyev

Emma Russell

Gail Cabahug

Anna Kennedy

Toussaint Santicola Jones

Mary Cabuhat

Chloe Lamb

Abigail Scheuermann

Reeve Churchill

Julie Mahoney

Fiona Streznewski

Jacob Citone

Jailyn Miller

Elli Sol Strich

Jack DeLong

Myles Murray

Mara Strich,

David Dimase

Ryann Murray

Casey Su-Morrill

Sofia Fasullo

Rogelio Nayra

Nihara Walker-Johnson

Matthew Flynn

Michael O'Neil

Erika Williams-Guynup

Corbin Galloway

Elizabeth O'Toole

Dabar Zarzuela

Ryan Ginnan

Faith O'Toole


Aejay Gonzales

Thomas Ottaway


Shafiyq Grady

Abigail Perrin



























Symphonic Band                              

Klein Aboki

Jazmin Galloway

Ian Muscatello

Allan Aboki

Lee-Ashia Green

Aidan Nasta-MacCue

Cheyenne Adams

Lucas Guarino

John Morven Nocus

Olivia Aguado

Michela Harris

Yverdon Okoren

Christian Luk Ayahao

Joseph Haugh

Roger Pulver

Julia Azarian-Kozer

Bria Holloman

Gabrielle Rodriguez

Isaiah Beatty

Devin Hunt

Calena Rodriguez

Eileen Bequette

Anthony Ignacio

Julio Rodriguez

Christina Black

Jasmine Jackson

Victoria Saunders

Mercedeiz Blackwell

Trevor Johnson

Brenda Smalls

Joshua Bliss

Maxwell Kendall

Sarha Smith-Moyo

Kaitlyn Bliss

Anneka Knoll

Bianka St Juste

Daniel Booker

Levi Kovach

Destiny Stenson

Jonathan Brown

Kasandra Law

Nagihr Taylor-Jones

Eldred Uriel Cabahug

Olivia Lopez

Sophie Terwilliger

Michael Campbell

Neil MacLeod-Mercado

Marlesia Timmons

Javon Carpio

Emma Marlay-Wright

Aminata Toumbou

Jacob Choudhri

Rowan Matthei

Jennifer Uzhca

Nicholas Chromik

Joseph McCarthy

Charles Van Ness

Chantel Clark

Riley McGinn

Desmond Volmar

Elsyna Corbin

Xaviah McNeill

Samuel Weinstein

Brandon Cosme

Karen Meyers

Calum Wessman-Froese

Mo Asiah Cromartie

Gian Carloe Mission

Alyssa West

Barbara Delaney

Seth Montojo

Darryl White

Anthony Demonia

Jadan Moore

Cassandra Winnie


Mykle Moore

Lucas Young

Breianna Fish

Ben Morton

Clark Zafran

Tanasha Fisher

T'Kiya Moses





































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