Clarence band prepares for rare opportunity

CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Clarence High School Band has a big day coming up Saturday. The students are getting ready to perform at the New York State Band Directors Conference, a rare opportunity.

Clarence will have the only high school band at the conference. These students have spent months preparing.

Senior Flute Player Lillia Woodbury said, “So it’s been a lot of scales and we’ve had to learn all the scales which a lot of high schools don’t do, working on our pieces they all have to be perfect for the clinic, so that’s been a lot of work.”

Band Director Lou Vitello said, “We’re doing two pieces by a newer composer called John Mackee, one is called Strange Humor.”

Woodbury spoke about the piece saying, “It’s different and I really like that, it features a djembe which is percussion a type of drum, it has a very different vibe to it.”

Zach Kuloszewski plays a solo on the saxophone in this challenging piece. He is a junior and is looking forward to this weekend.

Kuloszewski said, “It’s pretty cool because it’s not something we’ve gotten to do every year and I’ve been in this band for three years and I’ve had brothers and friends who’ve been in this band in past years and they’ve never had this opportunity so it’s kind of exciting.”

Judging from this rehearsal, it’s safe to say these students are ready. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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