Syosset Musical Duo Among Elite

Syosset school officials congratulate the district’s All-National Concert Band participants. From left: Syosset CSD Coordinator of Fine and Performing Arts, K-12 Michael Salzman, music teacher Larry Ballereau, Jakob Finkelstein, Ross Kliegman and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Thomas Rogers.

The Syosset Central School District is proud to announce that 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 later this month.

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 from Oct. 25-28.

The conference will consist of informative workshops and other rewarding experiences for student-musicians, culminating with the ensemble concerts on the final day. NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations that advocates at all levels and provides resources and a variety of opportunities for music students and educators.

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.


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