OBEN Student is Named a NYSSMA All-State Musician
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Thomas said he is looking forward to the experience of performing with the most talented musicians from around the state and using the opportunity to improve his skills as a musician.
“I hope to meet a lot of people, see how they practice and use that to help me get better,” Thomas said. “I’m very excited.”
In addition to focusing on All-State, Thomas is practicing his previous NYSSMA pieces with hopes of being selected to play trombone at the college level next year. This, from a student who called his musical career a long journey.
“I wasn’t always as excited to play trombone as I am now,” he admits. “But after my middle school band teacher, Mr.[Michael] Giannetta told my parents I was gifted, my parents convinced me to stick with it, so I kept at it and realized my talent…. and it paid off.”
“Having students perform at the All-State level is a great accomplishment and speaks to the commitment and dedication of our students and the quality of our performing arts program and staff,” said Mr. Anthony Femino, K-12 Fine and Performing Arts Supervisor. “We wish Thomas the best of luck with this opportunity.”
The NYSSMA All-State process begins with a music educator, a student and an accompanist spending countless hours preparing for a NYSSMA Level VI solo. More than 6,500 students auditioned for this honor and about 900 were selected.
Pictured with Oyster Bay High School All-State Musician Thomas Fletcher in the new Fine and Performing Arts Wing are Mr. Anthony Femino, K-12 Fine and Performing Arts Supervisor, and Mr. Matthew Sisia, Band Director.