Congratulations, David Bond and William Fenton
John Jay High School’s Performing Arts Department is proud to announce that senior violinist David Bond and junior trumpet player William Fenton have been accepted into the prestigious Area All-State Festival.
The invitation is based on the students’ high scores in New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), a solo festival in which music students can be evaluated each spring. “Hundreds of students across the county participate in NYSSMA and only the best of the best are selected for Area All-State,” said Elissa Leventhal, conductor of the John Jay High School Orchestra.
Music is part of their lives
Both David and William are long-time musicians. David began playing at age 5 and William at age 10. Both were members of Increase Miller Elementary School’s music ensembles followed by those at John Jay Middle School.
“I see myself playing violin in college," said David. “It’s a life skill that I’ll always treasure.” He highlighted Leventhal’s support to him and other students as an important part of his journey.
Will said that playing the trumpet will always be part of his life, describing it as a great way to express himself. He called Jared Henderson, conductor of John Jay High School’s Band, a great teacher.
conductors acknowledge students' hard work and dedication
Both conductors had congratulatory comments for the students. "Congratulations Will. I am so proud of your hard work and dedication to the trumpet and band program,” said Henderson. “You are an outstanding musician and really deserve this opportunity.”
“We are so proud of you, David,” said Leventhal. "Congratulations on this major accomplishment, which has taken years of dedication to your craft to achieve. You are a wonderful representation of the KLSD music department.”
The Area All-State Festival takes place on Saturday, November 5, at 2:00 p.m. at White Plains High School.