Ncmea niagara all-county jazz ensemble

Saturday, August 25th  1:30pm -  3:00pm
The Rising Star Stage

The Niagara County Music Educators Association (NCMEA) services students in Niagara County private and public schools through the promotion of music, and offers a variety of outstanding opportunities to these students. The NCMEA Senior High Jazz Ensemble is an audition-only group consisting of students in grades 10-12.  This year they are under the direction of guest conductor Mark Filsinger with the assistance of chairperson Chris Peracciny and vice president of jazz for NCMEA Timothy Martin.

The Northwest Jazz Festival is pleased to welcome the following students and congratulates them for their selection to the NCMEA Senior High Jazz Ensemble.  Here are the students, the instrument chairs they fill, and the high schools they represent:

Alto 1

Grant Asklar

Niagara Falls High School

Alto 2

Austin Dick

Lockport High School

Tenor 1

Surj Arnone

Niagara Wheatfield HS

Tenor 2

Christy Faller

Niagara Wheatfield HS

Baritone 

Bianca Gynan

Niagara Wheatfield HS

Trumpet 1,2

Matt Bouchard

Newfane High School

Trumpet 1,2

Owen White

Lockport High School

Trumpet 3

Cameron Bonanno

Lockport High School

Trumpet 4

Kevin Bassler

Newfane High School

Trumpet 4

Ben LaGreca

Lockport High School

Trombone 1

Madeleine Meyers

Newfane High School

Trombone 2

Josh Kasperzak

Starpoint High School

Trombone 3

Tyler Roszman

Starpoint High School

Trombone 4

Jill Arnone

Niagara Wheatfield HS

Piano

Paige Keelty

Starpoint High School

Drums

Joe Porth

Lockport High School

Drums

Jack Putney

Starpoint High School

 

The festival also congratulates the teachers and music directors at each of the high schools for their efforts in teaching and guiding the creative development of these fine high school musicians!

Dr. Filsinger earned a Ph.D. in Music Education and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music. At Eastman, he assumed numerous teaching assistant positions and was awarded the prestigious Donald J. Shetler Prize in Music Education in 2010. Dr. Filsinger also taught trumpet lessons, composition, and the Junior High Jazz Ensemble through the Eastman Community Music School.  Trumpeter, educator, and composer, Mark Filsinger joined the faculty at SUNY Buffalo State in 2012. He supervises student teachers and teaches courses in instrumental music education, jazz, composition, improvisation, and arranging. Prior to his appointment at Buffalo State, Dr. Filsinger taught courses, lessons, and ensembles at The University of the Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, University of Rochester, Greece Central School District, and Hamburg Central School District.

A versatile trumpet performer, Dr. Filsinger has performed with many orchestras, ensembles, and artists including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, The Temptations, Irish Tenors, Harry James Orchestra, and orchestras for several Broadway National Tour Shows. He has recorded for GIA Publications, Inc. and has been a guest jazz artist and clinician for Area-All State festivals, All-County festivals, school concerts, and competitions around New York State. Dr. Filsinger’s intermediate-level jazz ensemble arrangements have been performed around the United States.