The Irondequoit Concert Band announced the four winners of the 2017 Outstanding Young Instrumental Musician Award at its annual July 4 concert at the Irondequoit Town Hall.
The band gives this award to one band student from each of the four Irondequoit middle schools for their musicianship and contributions to their respective school band program. The students are chosen to receive the award by their school band director.
The 2017 winners are: Maeve Steckley, a sixth grade band student at Iroquois School. Maeve plays French horn in the band; her teacher, Nancy Rank, nominated her for the award. When Maeve isn’t playing her horn, she likes playing sports and has played soccer for more than seven years. She is a member of the FC Dynamo ROC soccer club. She also plays lacrosse in Irondequoit Youth Lacrosse league. Maeve also enjoys downhill skiing, hanging out with her friends and playing with her cat, Teddy. Maeve is the daughter of Phil and Meg Steckley.
Lily Ann Doyle is a sixth grade band student at Rogers School. Lilly also plays French horn, and was nominated by her band teacher, Daniel Piato. Lilly has played French horn since fourth grade and was promoted to the sixth grade band while in fifth grade. Lily has participated in the NYSSMA solo fest in fifth and sixth grade. She also plays piano and has participated in the Rogers Talent Show every year on piano. Lily is a member of the Rogers Odyssey of the Mind team and also enjoys sports. She plays travel soccer and is a runner. Lily is the daughter of Michael and Paula Doyle.
Rebecca Gullo is a fifth grade band student at Laurelton-Pardee School. Rebecca plays flute and was nominated by her teacher, David Savine. In addition to flute, Rebecca also plays piano. Rebecca takes private piano and flute lessons at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance. This year, at the NYSSMA solo fest, Rebecca received an outstanding rating for her solo. Rebecca enjoys playing sports, and she likes to ice skate and play soccer. She also likes to play with her cats and enjoys building with Legos. Rebecca is the daughter of Stephen and Paula Gullo.
Andrej Gorevski is a fifth grade band student at Durand Eastman School. Andrej plays alto saxophone and was nominated by his band teacher, Alexa DiRaimo. Andrej has played in the band for two years and participated in the NYSSMA Solo Fest, playing a level two solo on his saxophone. Andrej was a soloist at the Durand Eastman Winter Concert and also played the role of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.” Andrej is also involved in several extracurricular activities at Durand Eastman, especially swimming. Andrej is the son of Toni and Sandra Gorevski.
The students were recognized at their school awards assemblies at the close of the school year. They received a trophy, a monetary award from the band and had their name engraved on a plaque that is permanently displayed at their school. At the July 4 concert, the students were invited to play three pieces with the band.
“These students are the future members of our band,” said David Schantz, conductor of the Irondequoit Concert Band. “We are happy to have them play with us.”