And The Band Played On

Farmingdale High School All-State and All-National Musicians Honored
Top row from left: Greg Warnokowski, Therese Mannino, Jessica Mischke, Joseph Franzino, Abigail Faber, Gina Pellettiere, Matthew DeMasi, Barbara Lieberman, Edward Kozlowski, Dr. Sam Thompson, Cooper Malanowski
Bottom row from left: Joseph Connors, Tyler Hothersall, Kaitlyn Cavallo, Antonio Castano, Gabriella Sferlazza, Aidan Kelly, Heather Cacace
(Photo courtesy of The Farmingdale School District)

Farmingdale High School is proud to announce the students who have been selected by the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) to participate in All-State and All-National performing groups. Eight outstanding student musicians were selected for All-State honors along with two alternates.

Two of Farmingdale’s elite musicians were chosen as alternates for All-National Ensembles. Special congratulations to Cooper Malanowski who was selected for both All-State Jazz and All-State Wind Ensemble and Joseph Connors who was selected for both All-State Symphony Orchestra and as an alternate with the All-State Symphonic Band.

All-National Alternate Honors
Aidan Kelly-Tenor-Mixed Chorus
Gabriella Sferlazza-Alto-Mixed Chorus

All-State Honors
Heather Cacace-Alto 1-Mixed Chorus
Antonio Castano-Viola-Symphony Orchestra
Joseph Connors-Multiple Percussion-Symphony Orchestra
Abigail Faber-Double Bass-Symphonic Band
Tyler Hothersall-Tenor-Vocal Jazz
Aidan Kelly-Tenor 1-Mixed Chorus
Cooper Malanowski-Trombone-Instrumental Jazz
Cooper Malanowski-Trombone-Wind Ensemble
Gabriella Sferlazza-Alto 1-Mixed Chorus

All-State Alternate Honors
Kaitlyn Cavallo-Mixed Chorus
Joseph Connors-Timpani

“The Farmingdale School District is most proud of our All State and All National musicians and alternates. The competition is very rigorous because students from every county across New York State compete against each other for All State and students from every state of the United States compete for All National,” Fine Arts Director Greg Warnokowski said. “Only the most talented and accomplished performers are chosen, which is why our music department is so proud of these high achieving Dalers.”

Farmingdale teachers who sponsored the musical efforts include Orchestra Director Therese Mannino, Chorus Director Jessica Mischke and Wind Ensemble Director Gina Pellettiere. Along with proud high school music staff members Matthew DeMasi, Joseph Franzino, Ed Kozlowski and Barbara Lieberman.

The New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) is the New York affiliate of the National Association for Music Education. NYSSMA is a professional organization that evaluates student musicians in New York state from elementary school to high school. Each spring, thousands of students register through their school music programs to attend NYSSMA Evaluation Festivals where they are adjudicated.

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—Submitted by the Farmingdale Union Free School District

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