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Student musicians perform at All-County festival

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 5 March 2016 at 12:00 am

Photos by Kristina Gabalski

HOLLEY – Young musicians and choral singers from across Orleans County gathered at Holley Central School today for the All-County Music Festival featuring Elementary Band, Junior High Chorus and Senior High Band.

The top photo shows members of the All-County Elementary Band, which performed selections including “Joy” by Frank Ticheli and “Mystic Ricer Fantasy” by James Swearingen during the concert.

The band was conducted by Rachael Medler, a teacher at Odyssey Academy in the Greece Central School District.

Students from all Orleans County school districts – Albion, Holley, Kendall, Lyndonville and Medina – took part. Following rehearsals, which began Friday afternoon, the groups gathered for a concert at 2 p.m. today.

Rachael Medler leads the All-County Elementary Band during at the Holley Central School Jr./Sr. High Auditorium.

Members of the All-County Junior High Chorus perform “Festival Sanctus” by John Leavitt during their portion of the concert at Holley Central School.

The Junior High All County Chorus performs under the direction of Katherine Klock, a middle school music educator in the Webster Central School District.


The All County Senior High Band performs under the direction of John Blickwedehl, the director of bands at West Seneca West Senior High School.


The All-County Senior High Band wrapped up the afternoon’s performance, playing the classic John Philip Sousa March, “El Capitan.”