Linda Shoemaker Blue Devil Band Scholarship recipient Sophia Martinez with BPAH President Pamela Fallon

Huntington Seniors Presented with Music Awards

Linda Shoemaker Blue Devil Band Scholarship recipient Sophia Martinez with BPAH President Pamela Fallon

July 16, 2018

Molloy College bound Sophia Martinez is this year’s recipient of the $1,000 Linda Shoemaker Blue Devil Band Scholarship as the senior “who best exemplifies the benefits of membership in the band based on his personal growth during high school.”

Ms. Martinez was recognized during the senior academic awards ceremony held in the Huntington High School auditorium last month. Huntington Band Parents Association President Pamela Fallon presented the teenager with the scholarship.

Huntington seniors walked away with 22 different music medals, certificates, plaques, pins and financial scholarships after distinguishing themselves over the past four years. Veteran music teacher Jason Giachetti presented the awards.

William Fallon (Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland) is the recipient of the Huntington High School Award for Overall Contributions to Music. The teenager received a financial stipend of $1,200 along with a music dictionary.

Joshua Yanuck, who will be attending SUNY College at Geneseo in the fall, captured the Patrick S. Gilmore Band Award plaque in recognition of being an exceptional band student and musician. Mr. Gilmore was a Civil War era bandleader and leading figure in 19th century American music, performing at high profile events such as presidential inaugurations, the U.S. centennial celebration, the dedication of the Statue of Liberty and many others.

Maggie Giles, who is headed to SUNY College at Purchase garnered the Evelyn Daniels Memorial Scholarship, which is presented to an outstanding member of the orchestra who has excelled as a performer and exhibited dedicated service to the orchestra. The award carries a stipend of $100.

Adina Kirkland (Hampshire College) received the Tri-M Music Leadership Award, which includes a certificate and $100 stipend. Lola Kindall (McDaniel College) earned the National School Choral Award, which includes a pin, certificate and trophy.

University at Albany bound Ryan Marques is the recipient of the National School Marching Band Award, which includes a pin, plaque and trophy. Isabella McGinniss (Binghamton University) and Katarina Obermaier (Colgate University) were each presented with American Legion Music Award medals for having “contributed the most in the field of music.”

Blue Devil Orchestra Service Award certificates went to Evan Aguirre (Northeastern University), Camryn Libes (American University) and Thomas Pandolfi (Northeastern University).

Blue Devil Band Service Award recipients included Alyssa Befumo (DePaul University) and Kennth Fajardo (School of the Art Institute of Chicago). The award included a certificate and a $100 stipend.

William Fallon (Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University) won the Atlantic Wind Symphony Outstanding Student Band Award, which included a certificate and an opportunity to perform with the symphony.

Amelia Maggio (Adelphi University) captured the Huntington High School Choral Service Award, which carried a $100 stipend. Jamie Spector (Northeastern University) won the Director’s Award for Chorus.

Christopher Chang (Hofstra Univesity) garnered the National School Orchestra Award. Gaia D’Anna (CUNY-Hunter College) won the Senior Orchestra Award, which includes a $100 stipend. Matthew Wildermuth (University of Pittsburgh) captured the Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence.

Aidan McCooey (Case Western Reserve University) took home the John Philip Sousa Award, which was created in 1955 and honors the top student in the high school band. The award has become the pinnacle of achievement for band students. It was developed with the cooperation of Helen Sousa Albert and Priscilla Sousa, daughters of the famous composer and bandmaster.

Matthew Wildermuth (University of Pittsburgh) was presented with the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award for being an outstanding instrumentalist as demonstrated through superior musicianship, character and individual creativity.

Mardnie Mentor (St. John’s University) and Jamie Rosenbauer (CUNY-Hunter College) were each presented with the New York State Field Band Conference Award, which carries a $200 stipend.

The Suffolk County Music Educators Association presented Peter Ciccone (University of Virginia) with a $100 scholarship after he was selected as an “outstanding senior” by music department members.

Hofstra University bound Christopher Chang earned the New York State Council of Administrators for Music Education scholarship, which includes a $100 stipend.

William Fallon won the Woody Herman Jazz Award. The teenager will be attending the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Jamie Rosenbauer (CUNY-Hunter College) captured the Jean Hoerner Vandersall Scholarship, which includes a $500 stipend. The award is presented to a senior who has excelled academically and musically.