Hannibal well represented at All-County

Hannibal High School was represented by nearly a dozen students in the All-County Senior High Band Jan. 17 and 18  at Pulaski High School.

Hannibal students chosen to participate were:  Sydney Waloven and Vanessa Waldron on flute, Chumani Ketcham, Austin Baker and Amanda Kimball on clarinet, Ashley McKenzie on trumpet, Jordyn Fradenburgh on French horn, Alyssa Mann and Olivia Mann on euphonium, Natasha Waloven on trombone, and Elyssa Terry-DeRycke on tuba.

Students were selected based upon an audition held during December evaluating their knowledge of scales, preparation of a technical and musical selection and sight-reading.

The honor ensemble, representing the nine school districts in Oswego County, was under the baton of West Canada Valley Band Director, Shane Bonney.

Bonney is a graduate of the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown School District and is an active performer in the Utica Area. She is a member of the Bella Sonora Woodwind Quintet, and the Ilion Civic Band.

She has been a guest conductor for the Chenengo and Orange County Music festivals, and her excellent rapport with high school students was evidenced as she led the All-County ensemble through its rehearsals and Saturday concert.

As part of its public performance, the All-County band performed a variety of energetic compositions including “ American Barndance,” “Nemesis” and “Pilatus, A Mountain of Dragons,” a programmatic work based on the Swiss Mountain of the same name.

Members of the ensemble practiced for numerous hours Friday and Saturday to perfect every aspect of the pieces.

The audience was treated to a fast paced, lively program showcasing the high level of musicianship possessed by the talented musicians from throughout Oswego County.

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