Nearly 400 students perform in Albion All-District Concert

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 March 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers
ALBION – Student instrumental musicians from grades 4 through 12 performed in the high school gym this evening in an All-District Concert.

In the top photo, junior high band teacher Greg Martillotta leads seventh- and eighth-grade band members. About 400 students from elementary, middle and high school play in the band program.

The Albion music program has been honored the past seven years with national awards through the North American Music Merchants. NAMM has named Albion a “Best Communities for Music Education.” The NAMM organization gives out the award to recognize districts that make music a priority, especially in an era of tight school budgets and packed student schedules.

Zach Moore, an eighth-grader, plays the clarinet with the band.

Elementary band teacher Lindsey Fix directs a group of fourth grade musicians.

Fourth-graders are pictured in the front while a big crowd turned out to see student musicians perform inside the gym.

High school band members, including Matilda Erakare with black bow in hair, perform for the crowd.

High School band teacher Mike Thaine directs the group. Thaine is one of several music teachers who also graduated from Albion.

Ben Vanacore plays the bass clarinet in the high school band. Albion High School senior Char Olick, left, directs sixth-graders for the last song, the Albion Alma Mater.