Medina Journal-Register — The 42nd annual Medina Mustang Band Banquet & Awards Ceremony was held on Friday at the Sacred Heart Club.
Co-Directors Jim Steele and Cheri Pritchard emceed the event. The Booster organization was credited for its continued dedication and committment. Officers for this past year were recognized and given a plaque for their service and countless hours of volunteering.
The “Harry L. Dinkle Band Booster Award” went to Larry Meyer.
Instructional staff was recognized for their hard work and dedication to the program. They include Roxanne Morgan (Twirlers), Jeanette Sheliga (Drill/marching Instructor and instrument repair), Katie Toub (Assistant Band Director and Pit Instructor), Jeff Pask (Percussion instructor), Diana Baker and Lindsey Little (Colorguard Instructors), Vinnie Monacelli (Visual Design and Colorguard instructor), Kristen Costa (Colorguard Design/Instructor), Jerry Kelsey and Joe Organisciak (Music Arrangers), and Joe Guadagnino and Brian King (Percussion Instructors).
Each of the 2012-2013 student staff leaders were recognized and given awards in appreciation for their hard work and dedication.
Band members were recognized for their various achievements. The NYSFB Conference Scholarship was given to Maggie Laszewski. The Mustang Band Booster Memorial Scholarship was given to Matt Stanton, while the Mustang Band Booster Service Scholarship was given to Rene Miller.
Medina’s Winterguard, Dance Team and Twirlers were recognized for their 1st place standing at the Gorham pageant.
Once again Medina students participated in NYSSMA solo festival in April 2013 in Penfield. The elementary school sent 22 students, the middle school sent 32 and the high school sent 35. Overall these students received scores ranging from Excellent, Outstanding, A-, A, A+ and two students, Jimmy Jo Soha and Cameron Morgan, received perfect scores of 100.
Outstanding Band Member awards were given in 3 categories. Outstanding Rookie went to T. Kiebala, M. Johnson, B. Zakes, and J. James. Those determined to be Most Improved were J. Phillips, M. Bellan, J. Houseman, and C. Donley. The Most Valuable were Z. Roeseler, C. Gardner, C. Morgan, and C. Doherty.
Director’s Awards went to James Wisniewski, Emma Fox, Tyler Soha, and Kelsi LaSpada.
The Alfred Hartway Drum Major Award was presented to Maggie Laszewski, Drum Major and to Matt Stanton and Zach Roeseler, both Assistant Drum majors.
The Joseph C. McCain Award was given to Adam Wengryzcki (a Junior) and Maggie Laszewski (a Senior)
Attendance Awards are given to students who have perfect attendance in Fall, in Spring and in both.
Service Awards were given to students that had between 6 and 12 seasons of participation. Graduating Seniors are given their medallions.
The Junior Prologue was given by Cameron Morgan and the Senior Epilogue by Rene’ Miller.
The highlight of the evening was the announcement of the 2013-2014 student staff: Drum Major - Cameron Morgan; Assistant DM - Matt Prawel and Jenna Brien; Flute Section leader - Samantha Wendling; Clarinet SL - Shannon Allen; Saxophone SL - Jenna Brien; Mellophone SL - Kelsey Evoy; Trumpet SL - Marc Vanderlaan; Low Brass SL - Barry Rogenmoser; Pit SL - Hannah Pask; Band Managers - Adam Wengryzcki, Cody Taylor, Jon Carlo Gonzalez, Tessa White, and Emilee Austin; Attendance officer - Julie Brien; Uniform Manager - Addison Zavitz and Andrea Toussaint; Secretary/Librarian - Bailey Allen and Tristan Sanders; Colorguard managers - Victoria Rice and Krystal Kerstetter; Colorguard Captain - Melissa Oosterling; and Head of Percussion - James Soha.
The Fall Field Show for 2013 will be “The Pursuit of Gold” about the Olympics. Work begins immediately as the students learn their music before Band Camp in august.
Fundraisers also begin this summer with 4-H Parking in July, and Car Wash and Chicken BBQ in August. Any help that band supporters can give with these endeavors is greatly appreciated.