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November 15, 2013 - 12:11pm
posted by Billie Owens in Oakfield, Alabama, Milestones, Photography by Arielle.

Press release:

Genesee Community College is pleased to recognize the entrepreneurial spirit of its students through a new Entrepreneur of the Month program. This month, 19-year old Arielle Thompson is being recognized. Arielle graduated with an Advanced Regents diploma from Oakfield-Alabama Central School in 2012 and started her business Photography by Arielle in October 2012. She is a Liberal Arts major at GCC.

Arielle has always had an interest in photography, but wasn't able to purchase the camera she needed until after high school.

"I took a basic course with a local photographer on how to use my camera and all of the settings, but other than that I am self-taught," she says. "I like to consider myself a portrait photographer because that is what I enjoy most. I enjoy being with people and being able to create something that makes them smile."

Arielle's business was born out of necessity. Her mother, Tonya Thompson, needed Arielle to take her brother Justin's senior pictures. Though she had limited experience and knowledge about taking a portrait, Arielle did it and found that everyone loved how they turned out.

"That is when I decided to try and turn that into something, because of how excited everyone seemed to have been when they saw them," she said.

While business was slow in the beginning months, Arielle saw a significant increase in interest when the weather warmed and has been surprised at the inquiries she's received.

"I never thought I would be having so many people call and ask me to take photos of their special moments," she says. "I was even given the opportunity this past June to take photos of a wedding."

Business professor Lauren Paisley is full of praise for her student.

"Arielle is an outstanding example of a student willing to do whatever it takes to succeed," Paisley said. "GCC's Entrepreneurship program, offering the option of an associate in applied science degree or certificate, is the perfect pathway for students of all ages to pursue their dream of owning their business or launching a new product or service. Arielle is a very focused student and we are supporting her efforts in every way possible."

A President's List full-time student, Arielle also has two part-time jobs in addition to her photography business.

"Many people do not understand how I am doing all of this, but photography is my stress reliever from work and school. Many people want to sit, relax and watch TV during their down time, but I would rather be taking photos," she says.

"Her commitment to success in all her endeavors is inspiring," Paisley said.

Arielle finds inspiration from the support of family and friends and the response she's received to her photographs.

"I have never received so much support for anything I have ever done like I do with my business," she says. "It is my driving force."

Arielle currently shoots on location only, but is looking for a space to set up a small indoor/outdoor studio. People interested in contacting her can find her on Facebook at Photography by Arielle.

September 22, 2013 - 1:23pm
posted by Billie Owens in Pavilion, Milestones.

Elizabeth R. Valento, of Pavilion, received academic honors from the Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University by making the University's Dean's List for the Spring 2013 semester.

Binghamton University is one of the four university centers of the State University of New York. Known for the excellence of its students, faculty, staff and programs, Binghamton enrolls close to 15,000 students in programs leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Its curriculum, founded in the liberal arts, has expanded to include selected professional and graduate programs.

September 10, 2013 - 3:36pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, Milestones, Eric Sandler.

Press release:

Genesee Community College is pleased to announce that Athletic Trainer Eric Sandler has been named September 2013 Employee of the Month. Eric and his wife Jessica live in Gates and are the parents of a 3-year old daughter, Jenna.

Eric has been with GCC since September 2007. As head athletic trainer he provides all aspects of sports medicine to the college's sports teams, including injury evaluation, rehabilitation, and taping and wrapping. He also serves as the strength and conditioning coach.

"I am responsible for designing and implementing year-round training programs for injury prevention and increased sports performance," he said.

Eric also oversees the hiring of about 40 students per year to work in Athletics.

In addition, Eric serves as an adjunct instructor in Health and Physical Education, teaching the coursework for the Personal Trainer concentration in the Fitness and Recreation Management program.

"These courses culminate in students being eligible and qualified to take a certification exam in Personal Training," he said.

Eric is described as a "passionate and dedicated teacher." In naming him employee of the month, the college noted "Eric's expertise in the Personal Trainer concentration is of tremendous assistance to our students in guiding them to earn their certification." He has made noteworthy contributions to improve curriculum in the Fitness and Recreation Management program and always displays the highest level of professionalism and dedication to the institution and the students.

Prior to his work at GCC, Eric was an athletic trainer/sports performance coach at Agape Physical Therapy in Rochester. He also served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at the University at Buffalo where he earned his Master's Degree in Exercise Science. He received a bachelor's degree in Physical Education from the College at Brockport.

Eric is a member of the 2010 GCC Leadership Academy. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his family and playing softball and fantasy baseball/football. Of his work at the college Eric says his favorite part is "knowing that my daily actions have a direct impact on the students I teach/serve."

August 7, 2013 - 3:52pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, elba, Milestones.

The following local high school students were awarded the 2013 Saint Michael's College Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience:

Alex Kolberg, of Batavia, a student at Notre Dame High School.

Grace Mortellaro, of Elba, a student at Notre Dame High School.

The award recognizes students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in volunteer service and academic achievement. Saint Michael's, located in Burlington, Vt., one of America's top 10 college towns, was founded on the belief that serving others is part of its Catholic tradition, and through the award seeks to honor those who demonstrate the true spirit of volunteerism.

Award recipients, named at schools throughout the country, are high school juniors who are inductees of the National Honor Society or an equivalent school-sponsored honors organization. They must demonstrate a commitment to service activities in high school or community organizations, taking leadership roles in these activities.

Winners were presented the book "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers" (HarperCollins 2000) by Loung Ung, a 1993 Saint Michael's College graduate who has become a widely acclaimed author. In "First They Killed My Father," Ung gives a powerful autobiographical account, from a child's perspective, of surviving captivity during the genocidal Pol Pot regime in Cambodia.

About Saint Michael's:

At Saint Michael's College students are challenged to do their best, find their niche, take on opportunities to grow, and immerse themselves in academic pursuits. Intellectual rigor, compassion, teamwork, caring-these characterize a Saint Michael's experience. A residential Catholic college, Saint Michael's is steeped in the social justice spirit of its founding priests, the Edmundites. Saint Michael's is located three miles from Burlington, Vermont, one of America's top 10 college towns.

August 1, 2013 - 1:21pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, elba, east bethany, Milestones.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, located in Troy, named three local students to the Spring 2013 dean's list for academic achievement. They are:

Austin Kubiniec, of Batavia

Rosalie Mortellaro, of Elba

Tyler Murtha, of East Bethany

Rensselaer is America's oldest technological research university, offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in architecture, engineering, information technology and Web science, management, the sciences, and the humanities, arts, and social sciences.

July 30, 2013 - 2:52pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Milestones.

Satoko Iwashita, of Batavia, is among the 998 students who graduated from SUNY Oneonta following the Spring 2013 semester.

Satoko earned a BS degree in Statistics.

Established as a state normal school in 1889 and incorporated as a founding member of the state university system in 1948, the college is well known for its outstanding faculty, strong academic programs, educational technology, community service and character-building activities, and scenic campus.

July 20, 2013 - 2:51pm
posted by Billie Owens in alexander, Milestones.

Kyle Woodruff, a resident of Alexander, graduated from Ithaca College's School of Health Sciences and Human Performance with a major in Sport Management. The degree was awarded in May.

From day one, Ithaca College prepares students for success through hands-on experience with internships, research and study abroad. Its integrative curriculum builds bridges across disciplines and uniquely blends liberal arts and professional study. Located in New York's Finger Lakes region, the College is home to 6,100 undergraduate and 400 graduate students.

July 20, 2013 - 1:44pm
posted by Billie Owens in Le Roy, Milestones.

Nazareth College in Rochester has named Brogan O'Halloran, of Le Roy, to its Orientation Staff that will help welcome the Class of 2017 to campus in August. O'Halloran's position is New Orientation Leader.

July 20, 2013 - 1:10pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Milestones.

Melanie Case, a resident of Batavia and a Music Education major in the Class of 2016, was named to the dean's list in Ithaca College's School of Music for the Spring 2013 semester.

From day one, Ithaca College prepares students for success through hands-on experience with internships, research and study abroad. Its integrative curriculum builds bridges across disciplines and uniquely blends liberal arts and professional study. Located in New York's Finger Lakes region, the College is home to 6,100 undergraduate and 400 graduate students.

July 16, 2013 - 1:58pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, Milestones.

Genesee Community College proudly announces the following students are among 570 full- and part-time students who were named to the dean's list for the Spring 2013 semester. These students earned a quality point index of 3.50-3.74.


John Winiecki, a full-time student

Emily Raines, a full-time student

Dayne Burroughs, a full-time student

Troy Shelnut, a full-time student

Courtney Dart, a full-time student


Kassondra Conrad, a full-time student


Karen Odell, a part-time student

Ashley Johnson, a part-time student

Hannah Feary, a part-time student

Marcel Afice, a part-time student

Tess Garland, a part-time student

Joy Hammond, a part-time student

Cory Warner, a part-time student

Jacob Burg, a part-time student

Angela Brodie, a part-time student

Pamela Goodrich, a part-time student

Joshua Stendts, a part-time student

Paolo Hoang, a part-time student

Chelsea Gerace, a part-time student

Margery Fitzsimmons, a part-time student

Rachel Berardini, a part-time student

Monet Smith, a part-time student

Eleni Green, a part-time student

Richard Biegasiewicz, a part-time student

Natalie Lewis, a part-time student

Melissa Plath, a part-time student

Vashti Love, a part-time student

Jennifer Wagner, a part-time student

Tina Hartgrove, a part-time student

Tony Martyn, a part-time student

Janelle Larsen, a part-time student

Deirdre Viscuso, a part-time student

Kimberly Sunderland, a part-time student

Sarah Richardson, a part-time student

Alexandra Mruczek, a part-time student

William Smith, a part-time student

Jennifer Nuwer, a part-time student

Racheal Cook, a full-time student

Kari Campbell, a full-time student

Amber Sharick, a full-time student

Jamie Whitmore, a full-time student

Neil Santillan, a full-time student

Andrea Pursel, a full-time student

Robert Macklem, a full-time student

Sarah Bosa, a full-time student

Rachael Blackshear, a full-time student

Janelle Marble, a full-time student

Raychel Sanfratello, a full-time student

Theresa Warner, a full-time student

Emma Peirick, a full-time student

Rebecca Gouger, a full-time student

Robert Barnard, a full-time student

Darlene Ogozaly, a full-time student

Lindsay Mckenzie, a full-time student

Ryan Palone, a full-time student.

Abebe Mekonnen, a full-time student.

Ashlee Brisley, a full-time student

Alex Brasky, a full-time student

Lauren Stansberry, a full-time student

Jennifer Williams, a full-time student

Brianna Hofert, a full-time student

Rebecca Kruger, a full-time student

Sureda Drue, a full-time student


Luke Stacy, a full-time student

Briana Strassner, a full-time student

Brittany Schmitt, a full-time student

Kayla Gunther, a full-time student

Jillian Sczepanski, a part-time student

Tori Robinson, a part-time student

Daniel McCarthy, a part-time student

Stacy White, a part-time student

Lana Clark, a part-time student

Autumn Piletz, a part-time student

Elizabeth Jarnot, a part-time student


Serena Hiscutt, a full-time student

Sheena Dilcher, a full-time student

Cassidy Longhini, a full-time student

Valerie Bezon, a part-time student

Jonita Warren, a part-time student

Marissa Brennan, a part-time student

Kelly DiMatteo, a part-time student

Kelsey Boyd, a part-time student

Stacy Maskell, a part-time student


Jessica Klug, a part-time student

Robert Bucci, a part-time student

Shannon Goodman, a part-time student

Laurie Pearse, a part-time student

Theresa Reynolds, a full-time student

Dustin Pratt, a full-time student

Laura Holovics, a full-time student

Alana Norman, a full-time student

Angel Alexander,  a full-time student

Rachel Doktor,a full-time student

Darien Center

Rachel Walker, a full-time student

Ethan Reger, a full-time student

Cody Tybor, a full-time student

East Bethany

Autumn Atkinson, a part-time student

Morgan Sicheri, a part-time student

Michelle Miller, a part-time student


Samantha Reed, a full-time student

Kimberly O'Halloran, a full-time student

Le Roy

Rebecca Spezzano, a part-time student

Joeylyn Berl, a part-time student

Jeremy Tiede, a part-time student

Jacob Sullivan, a part-time student

Melissa Saunders, a part-time student

Mark McAvoy, a part-time student

Jennifer Beherns, a part-time student

Eric Hayes, a part-time student

Michele Rast, a full-time student

Debra McKnight, a full-time student

Ashley Russo, a full-time student

Brenda Sheflin, a full-time student

Kristi Miller, a full-time student

Alan Worthington, a full-time student

Shelbi O'Geen, a full-time student

Doane McCulley, a full-time student


Tammy Morgan, a part-time student

Della Balduf, a part-time student

Lindsay Chatt, a part-time student

Barry McCracken, a part-time student

Christian Parker, a full-time student

Jennifer Harris, a full-time student

Lisa Clark, a full-time student


Lydia Zwierzynski, a part-time student

Emilie Bouchard, a part-time student

Peter Sherman, a part-time student

Jason Everett, a part-time student

Crystal Baggatta, a part-time student

Jennifer Wright, a full-time student

Tim VonSanden, a full-time student

Taylor Lafferty, a full-time student

Anthony Misisco, a full-time student

Maxwell Sallade, a full-time student

Brian DeFisher, a full-time student


Jennifer Cone, a full-time student

Katrina Kretschmer, a part-time student

Mark Williams, a part-time student

South Byron

Halle Davalos, a part-time student

Genesee Community College offers more than 60 academic programs and certificates, including a new Supply Chain Management concentration available exclusively through the College's eLearning programs this fall. GCC also offers the region's only Polysomnographic (Sleep) Technology Program, as well as highly regarded programs in Digital Arts and Office Technology and Support. College housing is available at College Village, just a three-minute walk from the Batavia Campus. With small class sizes and state-of-the-art technology both inside and outside of the classroom, Genesee Community College is known for being 'high-tech' and 'high-touch.'

Fall classes begin Aug. 26. For further information go to:

June 21, 2013 - 3:03pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Le Roy, corfu, Milestones.

The following local students were named to the Spring 2013 dean's list at SUNY Buffalo State. To qualify for the dean's list, students must earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Peter Badami, of Batavia, is majoring in Business Administration.
Katelyn Brownell, of Batavia, is majoring in Communication Studies.
Lindsay Carney, of Batavia, is majoring in Earth Sciences.
David Dupre, of Corfu, is majoring in Computer Information Systems.
Olivia Gimlin, of Batavia, is majoring in Childhood Education.
Valerie Klug, of Corfu, is majoring in Business Administration.
Kyle Maurer, of Corfu, is majoring in Communication Design.
Joseph Miano, of Corfu, is majoring in Media Production.
Brittany Moose, of Le Roy, is majoring in Fashion and Textile Technology.
Dakota Nicholson, of Batavia, is majoring in Individualized Studies.
Stacy Squire, of Batavia, is majoring in Childhood Education.
Craig Tiberio-Shepherd, of Batavia, is majoring in Biology.
Dana Wolbert, of Corfu, is majoring in Childhood Education.

SUNY Buffalo State, founded in 1871, offers 165 undergraduate majors in the arts, sciences, professions, and education. More than 9,000 undergraduates have chosen Buffalo State for its academic programs, applied learning opportunities, and affordable tuition.

June 21, 2013 - 2:23pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, elba, Milestones.

Press release:

Lauren Hughes, a resident of Elba, was among 10 student-athletes from Genesee Community College who were named a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic Student-Athlete Award winner for the 2012-2013 academic year.

The NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards were previously known as NJCAA Academic All-American honors.The NJCAA has renamed its academic awards program to the following: NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence (4.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale), NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement (3.80 to 3.99 on a 4.00 scale) and NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement (3.60 to 3.79 on a 4.00 scale).

Hughes, a member of the volleyball and swimming and diving teams at GCC, earned an NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement honors.

Genesee Community College athletics program endeavors to provide a quality and competitive intercollegiate athletics program consistent with the National Junior Collegiate Athletics Association (NJCAA) philosophy and the overall educational mission of Genesee Community College. Participation in collegiate athletics should be an extension of the total educational experience for the student athlete. The inherent philosophy emphasizes the athletic setting as a classroom used to teach character, commitment, work ethic, respect for differences, and the importance of sacrifice, teamwork, and cooperation.

June 21, 2013 - 2:19pm
posted by Billie Owens in elba, Le Roy, Milestones.

Elmira College held its 158th Commencement on Sunday, June 2nd at the First Arena in Elmira.

Alicia Hough, of Elba, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

Megan Lowe, of Le Roy, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Adolescence Education: Mathematics.

Elmira College awarded three Associate degrees at this year's Commencement. There are 172 graduates who earned Bachelor of Science degrees, and 90 graduates who earned Bachelor of Arts degrees.

June 18, 2013 - 5:03pm
posted by David Culver in Milestones.

Keuka Park, NY - Erica Culver, daughter of David and Tammy Culver of Oakfield NY, has been named to the Dean's List at Keuka College in Keuka Park.

Culver, a sophomore, is studying Psychology.

At Keuka College students must earn at least a 3.50 grade-point- average for a minimum of 12 semester credit hours to be eligible for the dean's list.

The national leader in experiential, hands-on learning, Keuka is a private, co-educational college offering 31 majors. Located in the Finger Lakes region near Penn Yan, Keuka was founded in 1890 and today has an enrollment of 1,873.

June 12, 2013 - 3:32pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, elba, Oakfield, Le Roy, Pavilion, corfu, Milestones.

The State University of New York at Geneseo has announced its dean's list for the Spring semester 2013. To be on the list, a student must have achieved at least a 3.5 grade-point average while taking a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Students on the list from this area are:


Trevor Day
Olivia Engel
Steven Fisher
Christine Lauricella
Christina Mortellaro
Grey Musilli


Clarisse Birkby
Alaina Chapman


Mitchell Gillard

Le Roy

Kyle Snyder


Alyssa Cole


Kasey Cole
Nicole Embt

SUNY Geneseo is a public liberal arts college recognized nationally for excellence in undergraduate education and for its professional and master's level programs. The college combines a rigorous curriculum and a rich co-curricular life to create a learning-centered environment.

June 12, 2013 - 1:52pm
posted by Billie Owens in Le Roy, Milestones.

James I. Hughes, of Le Roy, a graduate of McQuaid Jesuit High School, will attend Clarkson University in Potsdam as a member of the Class of 2017. Hughes, who will be majoring in Environmental Engineering, will begin studying at Clarkson in the fall.

"We look forward to having James join us on campus in August," said Dean of Admissions Brian T. Grant.

High school students can schedule a personalized visit to Clarkson, which includes a campus tour tailored to their interests, the opportunity to sit in on a class, a visit with an admissions counselor, and a one-on-one meeting with a professor. Just contact the Admissions Office at 800-527-6577 or [email protected].

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

June 10, 2013 - 3:25pm
posted by Billie Owens in elba, Milestones.

Michael Ramsey, of Elba, was named to the President's List at The State University of New York at Geneseo for Spring 2013. To be on the list, a student must have achieved an A in all coursework (4.0 grade point average) while taking at least 12 credit hours.

SUNY Geneseo is a public liberal arts college recognized nationally for excellence in undergraduate education and for its professional and master's level programs. The college combines a rigorous curriculum and a rich co-curricular life to create a learning-centered environment.

June 10, 2013 - 3:12pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Milestones.

Courtney Smith, a student at Batavia High School, has been selected to represent Batavia as a National Youth Correspondent to the 2013 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University. It will be held July 7-12.

Courtney joins a select group of students from all over the country for an intensive study of journalism and media. Smith was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in journalism and media studies.

With distinguished faculty, guest speakers, and direct access to elite D.C. practitioners, the Washington Journalism and Media Conference offers aspiring journalists and student leaders an unparalleled experience. The weeklong program will encourage and inspire young leaders from across the country who desire a unique experience focused on successful careers in this dynamic industry.


June 10, 2013 - 3:05pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Milestones.

Press release:

Genesee Community College is pleased to announce three students have been named 2013 recipients of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. Samantha Callisher, Suzanne Smith, and Samantha Vogt were recognized at an awards ceremony in Albany. Each recipient received a framed certificate and a medallion, which is traditionally worn at commencement.

The Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and have been recognized for the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement or career achievement.

Each year, campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews exemplary students. Nominees are then forwarded to the Chancellor's Office and are subject to a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients of the award.

Callisher, 20, is studying Fashion Merchandising Management with plans to further her education after GCC, eventually earning a master's degree in Business. The Batavia native chose GCC because of its fashion program. Her career goal is to become a fashion buyer for a successful retailer. At GCC, Samantha is involved in Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America). While compiling an impressive academic record, her community volunteerism also helped earn her the Chancellor's recognition. She gives of her time at Jackson Elementary School in Batavia, the Batavia Nursing Home and GCASA (Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse).

Smith, a native of Geneva, is pursuing her second degree at GCC, this time in Communications and Media Arts. She earned an associates degree in Hospitality and Tourism in May 2009 while raising a family and working full time. Shortly after graduating, she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a rare form of cancer. She credits her GCC family with helping her as she went through treatment. She has been in remission for two years. Her journey through cancer led Suzanne to self-publish a book about the experience, and she has become active in organizing cancer awareness and fundraising events at GCC and the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, where she's also served as a cancer "coach" helping others deal with the diagnosis. Suzanne is an active member of radio club at GCC and serves as Vice President of Marketing for the Multicultural Communications Club (Toastmasters International).

Vogt, 20, is studying Fashion Merchandising Management at GCC. The West Seneca native earned the Chancellor's Award because she has excelled in all aspects of her work at GCC. A 4.0 student, she is project manager of the Fashion Program's annual Spring Fashion Show and contributes posts to the Fashion Program Blog. She served as a Resident Assistant in College Village, and is the student representative to GCC's Board of Trustees. Samantha is also president of the Business Forum Club, and active in SHAG (Student Health Awareness Group), Toastmaster's, Campus Activities Board and DECA. In addition, she works at M.A. Carr Bridal in Orchard Park and has produced five bridal fashion shows and a prom fashion show. Upon graduation, Samantha plans to continue her studies at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

"The GCC Campus Community is so proud of these exemplary students," said Virginia Taylor, Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services said. "Not only are they preparing themselves for very bright and successful futures, but they're also setting a great example for other students. If you work hard, you really can achieve anything."

The three honorees were among 243 students from 63 SUNY campuses recognized for their remarkable achievements. Recipients of this year's award have an overall GPA of 3.8 and records of significant contributions to their campuses and communities.

June 10, 2013 - 2:52pm
posted by Billie Owens in Batavia Concert Band, Announcements, Milestones.

Press release:

The Batavia Concert Band Board of Directors is pleased to announce that John Bailey will be the Principle Conductor for the 2013 Batavia Concert Band Summer Concert Series.

A Pembroke native and Akron resident, Bailey is currently a music teacher at the Lyndonville Central School District, where he teaches both general and instrumental music. A French horn player, Bailey is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia, and also serves as conductor for the Pembroke Community Band. 

He was selected after the Board of Directors conducted a search for a Principle Conductor this past winter and spring. 

“Our audience and band should be looking forward to the enthusiasm that John will bring to programming exciting concerts for the Batavia community in Centennial Park,” said Jill Franclemont, president of the Board of Directors. 

“I am looking forward to continuing the fine tradition of music in the park in Batavia on sunny July evenings," Bailey said. "I plan to program a wide variety of music that will appeal to the diverse audience that attends our concerts."

John Kresse will be serving as Guest Conductor for the July 4th Concert in Centennial Park.  Currently, Kresse is a Graduate Assistant at the School of Music at SUNY Fredonia.

The Batavia Concert Band will present its first concert on Wednesday, June 26th at Centennial Park in the City of Batavia.


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