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Program Achievements

Achievements and Recognition of the Williamsville Central School Music Program
Guest Artist/Clinicians who have appeared in our district schools include the following:

Frederick Fennell Samuel Adler Frank Wickes Justin DiCioccio
Ron Sutherland Mark Scatterday John Laverty Paula Holcomb
Paul Shewan Ed Lisk Laura St. John Linda Weise
Chris Izzo Clay Jenkins Sal Andolina Dave Mancini
Dave Schiavone Peter Barren Bregge Chuck Mangione Gerald Gray
Patrick Jones Christopher Azzara Ken Brown Annie Ross
Don Carducci Donald Schleicher Margaruite Wilder Lowell Liebermann
Carl Allen Robert Hasty Brett Scott Robert Franz
David "Fathead" Newman Grant Cooper Dana Wilson Brant Karrick
Jim Aikins Trey Jacobs Mike Davis Mary Cay Neal
Michael Daugherty Regina Mushabec Rodney Winther Adam Brennan
Martin Allen Williams Staebell Freddy Cole Ron Hebert
Frank Battisti Matthew Kraemer Regina Carter Daniel Bassin
Scott Wenholdt Jane Monheit Gabriel DiMartino John Pizzarelli
Joe Gransden Cyrus Chestnut Kevin Mahogany Timothy Broege
Jeff Jarvis Paul Metcalfe John Pittman Chris Butcher
Ernie Watts  Brandon Johnson  Gary Stith  Thomas Duffy
Johan de Meij  Louis Vitello  Harold Rosenbaum  

Ensembles, Bands and Orchestras that have appeared in concert in Williamsville

  • Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra  
  • Roberts Wesleyan College Wind Ensemble
  • University of Evansville Wind Ensemble
  • Ithaca College Wind Ensemble
  • Eastman Wind Ensemble
  • Maelstrom Percussion Ensemble
  • Da Capo Saxophone Quartet
  • Tokyo String Quartet
  • Spyro Gyra
  • The Count Basie Orchestra
  • Maynard Ferguson
  • River City Brass Band
  • Rockapella
  • Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet
  • West Virginia University Wind Quintet
  • US Air Force Academy Woodwind Quintet
  • Turtle Island String Quartet
  • Heavyweights Brass Band
  • Miro String Quartet
  • US Army Band Clarinet Quartet


Williamsville Central School District selected as one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation.

1999 to date

In the spring of 1999, Williamsville band directors Matthew S. Cool, Geoffrey Richter, Stephen Shewan and then district music coordinator Gary Stith, launched the Williamsville Commissioning Consortium. Some past Composer participants include, Dr. Samuel Adler, Augusta Reed Thomas and Lowell Libermann.

Williamsville consistently has high totals of music students selected to participate in National Honors Ensembles, All-Eastern Ensembles, New York Conference All-State ensembles and Erie County ensembles.

1986 to Date

Performing Ensembles from the Williamsville Central Schools have received special invitations to appear as model organizations at major music conventions locally, statewide and nationally including

  • National Association for Music Education All-National Ensembles
  • National Association for Music Education Eastern Division Conference
  • College Band Directors National Association Eastern Division Conference
  • Midwest National Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago
  • New York State School Music Association Winter Conference
  • New York State School Music Association Summer Conference
  • New York State Band Directors Association Annual Symposium
  • Erie County Music Educators Association Conference
  • New York State School Music Association Classroom Music Festival
  • Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival at Lincoln Center

Music Educators National Conference (now called National Association for Music Education) established the "Exemplary Music Program Award" nation-wide with the plan to recognize four school districts annually for this honor. The Williamsville Central School Music Program was one of the first four!

The Williamsville Central School Music Program was the FIRST state-wide recipient of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Presidential Citation for excellence in music education.

1981 to Date
Williamsville Central School High School bands, choruses, orchestras, and jazz ensembles have been awarded numerous "Gold" awards at the following national music festivals

  • Adjudicators Invitational Festivals sponsored by Dixie Classics
  • Music Maestro Please Music Festivals
  • Heritage Music Festivals
  • World of Music Festival in Chicago
  • National Music Festivals sponsored by Performing Arts Abroad
  • Classic Music Festivals
1980 to Date

Williamsville Central School performing ensembles have earned consistent 6A, 6A+, "Gold" and "Gold with Distinction" honors at New York State Major Organizations Festivals.